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Suicide car bomb kills 21 in town north of Baghdad

Suicide attacks in Iraq are usually claimed by the Islamic State [AFP]

Date of publication: 21 November, 2017

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At least 21 people were killed and dozens more injured after a suicide car exploded in the middle of a fruit and vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu, north of Baghdad.

A suicide car bomber killed at least 21 people in an attack on a busy market in a town north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a security official said.

Dozens more were wounded when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit and vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu, the official said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Suicide attacks in Iraq are usually claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, which has suffered a string of military defeats and last week lost control of the last town the jihadists held in the country.

Tuz Khurmatu is home to a mixed Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen population.

It was the scene of deadly violence in mid-October when Iraqi forces retook it from Kurdish control in response to a Kurdish independence referendum.

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