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Suicide bomber in car kills eight in a cafe

A suicide bomber attacked a cafe in Baghdad, killing at least eight people and leaving 25 wounded.

world Updated: Oct 12, 2007 14:21 IST

A suicide bomber attacked a cafe in Baghdad on Thursday night, killing at least eight people and leaving 25 wounded, officials said.

The suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden car into a popular cafe and detonated the bomb, said the police, adding that the death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in a critical condition.

The incident took place at 9.00 pm on Thursday, shortly after the Eid ul-Fitr holiday began, while young men were relaxing at the cafe in the New Baghdad area in the southeast of the capital, according to official sources.

They said that the wounded were taken to a hospital called Al-Kindi in central Baghdad.

Bombing attacks were on the rise in Iraq, especially in capital Baghdad and northern parts of the country, as the holy month of Ramadan drew to a close.

On Sep 26, a string of car bombings killed at least 55 and wounded about 90, the bloodiest day since Ramadan started on Sep 13.

Earlier on Thursday, seven people were wounded in two roadside bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital, an Interior Ministry source said.

"A roadside bomb went off near a US patrol in the Iskan neighbourhood in western Baghdad in the afternoon, wounding five civilians," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Another roadside bomb also detonated near a police patrol in Baghdad's northwestern neighbourhood of Shulla, damaging a police vehicle and wounding two policemen, the source added.

Meanwhile, a car bomb went off in the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30.

The attack was aimed at the city's traffic police chief Brigadier General Salar Ahmed Amin, who survived the blast with only slight injury.

First Published: Oct 12, 2007 14:14 IST