Bomb near park in central Iraq kills 4

AP News
Posted: Aug 10, 2013 9:09 AM

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a bomb near a park south of Baghdad has killed four people, including two children, who were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Police officials said that the Saturday afternoon blast in the town of Zubeidiyah wounded another 16, including women and children. It went off as families were enjoying the holiday, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Zubeidiyah is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Baghdad.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to talk to media.

Iraqi security forces have imposed tight security measures across the country in order to protect people during the Eid. This year's Ramadan was the most violence since 2007, with 671 killed.