Bombing north of capital kills 5 people in Iraq

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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Updated Saturday, May 17 at 7:10 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say a bombing at an outdoor market north of the capital, Baghdad, has killed five people.

Police officials say the attack took place Saturday when the bomb exploded at the market in the town of Tarmiyha, killing five shoppers and wounding 14.

Tarmiyah is 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad. Police say the blast damaged several shops.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to release the information.

Iraq has seen a spike in violence since April 2013, with the death toll climbing to its highest levels since the worst of the country's sectarian bloodletting in 2006-2008. The United Nations says violence killed 8,868 people in 2013.

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