25 killed, 70 injured in Iraq suicide bombing

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Baquba(Iraq), Oct 30: At least 25 people were killed and 70 wounded in a suicide bombing at a coffee house in Diyala province, central Iraq on Friday, Oct 29, a police official said.

"Twenty-five people were killed and 70 wounded ... when a suicide bomber detonated a belt filled with explosives at a coffee house in the centre of the city at 9:00 pm (1800 GMT)," said Balad Ruz police chief Major Ahmed al-Tamimi.

Among the casualties were three women and two children, he said.

Sources said the number of such attacks throughout Iraq has fallen since 2008 when Diyala province was an al-Qaeda stronghold. Although al-Qaeda has lost ground, the province remains one of the most restive since the 2003 US-led invasion.

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