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45 killed in Iraq restaurant attack: army

At least 45 people, including several Iranian pilgrims, were killed on Thursday when a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in a town near the city of Baquba northeast of Baghdad, a military official said.

world Updated: Apr 23, 2009 18:17 IST

At least 45 people, including several Iranian pilgrims, were killed on Thursday when a suicide bomber struck a restaurant in a town near the city of Baquba northeast of Baghdad, a military official said.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said another 55 people were wounded in the attack on the restaurant, which was packed with Iranian pilgrims on their way to the Shiite holy city of Karbala south of Baghdad.

The attack took place in the town of Muqdadiyah northeast of Baquba, the capital of the ethnically and religiously mixed Diyala province, which still sees sporadic attacks despite security improvements elsewhere in Iraq.