April 24, 2014
Iraq: 11 killed after car bomb explodes near cafe used by Sunni militia
A car bomb exploded near a cafe in northeastern Iraq today killing 11 people and wounding 23, police said, as the country grapples with its deadliest violence in at least five years.
The explosion took place in Buhriz, 60 km (35 miles) northeast of Baghdad, close to a cafe popular with members of the government-backed Sunni Muslim Sahwa militia.
The force of the explosion pushed Ahmed Saied off his chair at a nearby store, wounding him in the leg.
"I opened my eyes minutes later and dust covered the place. Many cars were burning and shrapnel was everywhere," he told reporters by telephone. "While police were evacuating me, I saw many killed and wounded people at the scene."
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing in Diyala province, but Sunni insurgents linked to al Qaeda have frequently attacked Sahwa members this year.