BAGHDAD — A car bomb exploded Friday at an open-air market in a Shi'ite town northeast of Baghdad, killing 23 people and wounding more than 50, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.
The bombing struck the town of Khalis, 80 kilometers north of Baghdad, a former al-Qaida in Iraq stronghold that has seen several powerful blasts. In March, twin bombings struck a restaurant in the same town, killing 57.Khalis is a Shi'ite enclave in the largely Sunni province of Diyala.
Most of those killed were sitting in a cafe located in the center of the market. The cafe was reduced to rubble by the blast. The dead and wounded were taken to the nearby city of Baqouba, said city officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.