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Six Reported Killed In Blast In Iraqi Shabak Community

In Iraq, officials say at least six people were killed in a car bomb explosion in a northern village populated by members of the Shabak minority.

The blast occurred April 23 near the city of Mosul.

The Shabak community speaks a distinct language and largely follows a faith that has some links to Shi'ite Islam. The community is sometimes targeted by militants.

Violence has been surging in Iraq ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in one week.

Violence has already forced the cancellation of the election in parts of the western province of Anbar, where security forces have been battling Sunni Islamist militants who have seized parts of two cities.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP