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5 killed in bombing near cafe in Baghdad

October 19, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded near a popular cafe, killing five people in a largely Sunni district of Baghdad, Iraqi police said.

The blast in Baghdad's Adhamiya district wounded 16 civilians, an officer at the Risafa police station said. Officials at two hospitals that received the wounded said most of them were young men.

Baghdad's northeastern Adhamiya district was a Sunni stronghold during sectarian violence in the Iraqi capital in 2006 and 2007. But as in other parts of the city, violence has eased considerably since and residents have resumed going to sidewalks cafes and dining at riverside restaurants.

Attacks have not halted entirely, however, and militants still strike mosques, markets and symbols of state authority with deadly force.

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