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Deadly blast hits Iraqi produce market

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Destruction at a fruit and vegetable market in the Iraqi town of Khalis. A car bomb in this mainly Shi'ite area killed at least ten people and wounded over 25. The explosion left a crater in the ground and a number of destroyed vehicles. There've been other recent attacks in the area. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MUTHNA AL-TAMIMI, HEAD OF SECURITY COMMITTEE IN DIYALA PROVINCIAL COUNCIL: "There have been a number of attempts targeting the security situation in our beloved province. Yesterday there was an attack on Baldrouz town and this morning there was a car bomb attack in Khalis. This attack led to a number of people being killed and injured." Khalis is in a province which is an al-Qaeda stronghold just north east of Baghdad. The attack here highlights the country's fragile security situation as the U.S. withdraws its troops and leaves a rebuilt Iraqi security force to take over. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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