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Blast at Baghdad Restaurant Kills at Least 5, Police Chief Says

A large explosion ripped through a restaurant throwing a party in central Baghdad on New Year’s Eve, killing five people and injuring 25. Witnesses said the blast was caused by a car bomb. Elsewhere, gunfire erupted as hundreds of Iraqis marched in protest over fears of Kurdish domination in the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk. Police said two people were killed. In the restaurant attack, rescuers were seen pulling people from the building, as sirens wailed and ambulances sped to the area near the former U.S. Embassy. Five people died, said Lt. General Ahmed Kadhem, deputy Iraqi interior minister and Baghdad chief of police. Hospital officials said 25 people were injured. The restaurant, called Nabil, had advertised a New Year’s Eve party with live music and bellydancing. Several cars outside the restaurant were wrecked and in flames. Full Story

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