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Iraq blast death toll reaches 30

At least 30 people have been killed and scores injured in the latest bomb explosion near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, reports say.

The death toll from the massive bomb blast that ripped through a crowded coffee shop north of Baghdad on Friday reached 30, reports indicate.

Around seventy others were also wounded in the explosion that rocked adjacent neighborhoods in the city of Balad Ruz in Diyala Province in central Iraq.

A curfew has been imposed in the city, where the blast damaged six nearby shops. The bomb explosion was the first major attack in Iraq in several weeks.

Some reports suggest that the attack targeted a gathering of local residents inside the building.

Reports indicate that women and children are also amongst the casualties.

Iraq has been suffering frequent attacks in the chaos that followed the US-led invasion of the country in 2003.

On Wednesday, three Iraqi policemen were killed in a roadside bomb explosion in the Hamreen region of Baquba city in Diyala province.

Iraq’s Monitor of Constitutional Freedom and Bill of Rights revealed on Sunday that 231 people were killed and 601 others wounded in the explosion of improvised explosive devices across Iraq in 2010.

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