A car bomb killed at least 20 people and wounded 40 in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Tuesday. The bombing comes on the heels of national celebrations marking U.S. troops’ pullback from Iraq’s cities and towns, and just a week after another suicide attack left 80 people dead in Taza Khurmatu, just south of Kirkuk.

The Los Angeles Times:

Iraqi troops had paraded in the street and waved the Iraqi flag in celebration of taking control of their cities from U.S. troops. But within hours, militants today mounted their first challenge to Iraq’s new era with a car bombing that claimed the lives of at least 20 people and wounded 40 others in northern Iraq.

The parked car exploded at a vegetable market in the late afternoon in Shoraja, a Kurdish section of Kirkuk, said police Maj. Salam Abdullah, who provided the casualty figures.

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You can also check out this video report on the celebrations in Iraq over the past couple days.

AP via YouTube:

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