Car Bomb Kills 8 in Northern Iraq

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Iraqi officials say a car bomb has exploded near the northern city of Mosul, killing at least eight people and wounding three others.

The blast happened Monday in an area housing displaced Shi'ite Muslims.

The bombing is the latest in a series of attacks on Shi'ites in Iraq.

The violence has killed more than 100 people since Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued an arrest warrant for Iraq's Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi last month. Hashemi fled to Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to avoid detention on charges of running a death squad. He denies the charges.

Iraq's government is dominated by Shi'ites, but includes Sunnis and Kurds in a power-sharing system riven with sectarian tensions.