Blast kills 5 in disputed area in northern Iraq

SAMEER N. YACOUB Associated Press Published:

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi authorities say a car bomb has killed five people and wounded eleven others in the country's north, the second day in a row in which blasts have targeted disputed regions there.

Police officials said the explosion Monday morning was in al-Mouafaqiyah, a village inhabited by families from the Shabak ethnic group. The region near the city of Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, is claimed by Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds.

The Shabak have their own distinct language and belief system.

Medics in nearby hospital confirmed the casualties. All officials in the two spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release details to journalists.

Sunday's attacks left at least eight killed and dozens wounded.