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Bombing north of capital kills 5 people in Iraq

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  • Mourners chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while carrying a flag-draped coffin of Ahmed Marzouk an Iraqi officer who was killed, said his family, in a fake checkpoint on Thursday, during his funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 16, 2014.

    Mourners chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while carrying a flag-draped coffin of Ahmed Marzouk an Iraqi officer who was killed, said his family, in a fake checkpoint on Thursday, during his funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, May 16, 2014.
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BAGHDAD -- Authorities in Iraq say a bombing at an outdoor market north of the capital, Baghdad, has killed five people.

Police officials say the attack took place Saturday when the bomb exploded at the market in the town of Tarmiyha, killing five shoppers and wounding 14.

Tarmiyah is 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad. Police say the blast damaged several shops.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to release the information.

Iraq has seen a spike in violence since April 2013, with the death toll climbing to its highest levels since the worst of the country's sectarian bloodletting in 2006-2008. The United Nations says violence killed 8,868 people in 2013.

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