Iraq: Bombing in ethnic minority village kills more than a dozen

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Associated Press

Posted on October 17, 2013 at 3:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 17 at 3:04 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber has blown up his explosives-laden car among houses in an ethnic minority village in northern Iraq today, killing at least 15 people and extending a wave of bloodshed that has gripped the country.

The bombing happened in a Shabak village (al-Mouafaqiyah) near the restive city of Mosul, northwest of Baghdad.

Officials say the force of the blast leveled houses in the community and wounded at least 52 people.

Rescue workers are searching the rubble to look for more survivors who may be trapped underneath.

The Shabak mostly live in the village. They have their own distinct language and are primarily Shiite Muslim.

There's no immediate claim of responsibility.

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