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Suicide bombing kills 16 in Iraqi town

By Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
January 2, 2014 -- Updated 1737 GMT (0137 HKT)
Iraqi federal policemen stand guard at a checkpoint in Iraq on January 2.
Iraqi federal policemen stand guard at a checkpoint in Iraq on January 2.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The attack occurred northeast of Baghdad
  • Balad Ruz is a mixed town of Arab, Kurd and Turkmen residents

(CNN) -- At least 16 people were killed and 22 injured when a suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden car detonated near a car dealership in a town northeast of Baghdad, police said.

Balad Ruz is a mixed town of Arab, Kurd and Turkmen residents, located in Diyala province.

Violence was also reported in Baghdad, where shootings and explosions were blamed for six deaths and injuries to more than 20 others, police in the capital said.

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