Officials: Bombing in Iraq targets swimmers at a stream, killing 4 people

Published July 17, 2013

| Associated Press

Iraqi officials say a bombing targeting a stream where youngsters had sought refuge from the summer heat has killed four people.

It was the second such attack in less than a week.

Police officials say the bombing took place on Wednesday in Wajihiya, a town 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Baghdad. Two swimmers and two passers-by were killed.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

Violence has been on the rise since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Earlier this week, a mortar attack on swimmers in the Tigris River killed four people.

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