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At Least 23 Dead in Iraq Car Bombings

02 June 2005

At least 23 people are dead in bombings in northern Iraq, including a bodyguard for Iraq's Kurdish deputy prime minister.

The deadliest blast destroyed a restaurant in the northern town of Tuz Khurmatu, where the bodyguards of Deputy Prime Minister Roj Shaways were dining. Police say 12 people died and at least 40 others were wounded. Mr. Shaways was not present when the bomber struck.

In nearby Kirkuk, police say a car bomber apparently targeting a U.S. diplomatic convoy killed at least two pedestrians at the gates of a state oil firm.

In Mosul, police say two parked motorcycles rigged with explosives detonated near a cafe, killing at least five Iraqis.

In Baquba, a suicide attack on an Iraqi government convoy killed at least four people, including the deputy head of the provincial government.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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