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1 dead in Iraq car bombing; death toll now 11 from restaurant attack

From Mohammed Tawfeeq, CNN
  • The restaurant targeted Wednesday is frequented by security forces
  • Overall, 20 people died in violence Wednesday
  • Iraq
  • War and Conflict

Baghdad (CNN) -- The death toll from a Wednesday car bombing at a restaurant in Hilla, Iraq, has risen to 11, with 41 others wounded, an official with Iraq's Interior Ministry said Thursday.

The restaurant is known to be frequented by Iraq security forces. Hilla is about 84 kilometers (52 miles) south of Baghdad.

On Thursday, a sticky bomb attached to a civilian vehicle in western Baghdad's al-Ghazalaiya neighborhood exploded, killing the driver instantly, said the official, who asked not to be named as he is not authorized to release information to the media.

Another bomb in a parked car exploded Thursday at a newly-built security checkpoint building in the al-Mashahda area about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad, causing some damages but no injuries, the official said.

On Wednesday, 20 people died in the restaurant bombing and various other attacks, according to the Interior Ministry.