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Five Killed In Blast North Of Baghdad


BAGHDAD (Reuters) -- An explosion in a crowded market north of Baghdad has killed at least five people and wounded seven, police said.

The bomb, planted on a motorcycle, targeted Uday al-Khadran, mayor of the town of Khalis, 80 kilometers north of Baghdad, police said. He was severely wounded in the attack.

Violence has dropped sharply in Iraq over the last year, and attacks on U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians in October hit their lowest levels since the beginning of the war in 2003.

However, car bombs, roadside explosions, and other violence still rock Iraq on a daily basis.