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Bomb blast kills 12 in northern Iraqi town

By WKTV News

BAGHDAD (AP) - The police chief of a northern Iraqi town says a bomb blast in a residential area there has killed 12 and wounded 10 in the latest outbreak of violence to hit the country.
   
Col. Hussein Ali Rasheed says the blast hit a largely Kurdish part of the ethnically mixed town of Tuz Khormato after nightfall Friday. The town is about 200 kilometers (130 miles) north of the Iraqi capital.
   
He says the explosion was preceded by the loud bang of a non-lethal stun bomb apparently designed to attract a crowd.
   
For the past several months, Iraq has been facing its deadliest wave of violence since 2008. The spike in bloodshed is raising worries the country is heading back toward the brink of civil war.

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