Car Bomb Kills Nine in Iraq

    Iraqi security forces inspect the scene of a car bomb attack outside the northern city of Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. A car bomb killed several people outside the northern city of Mosul on Monday, Iraq officials said, in the latest in a series of attacks to target the country's Shiites since the U.S. withdrawal. (AP Photo)

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    A series of deadly attacks against Shiite Muslims continued in Iraq when a car bomb exploded inside a residential complex Monday in Mosul, killing at least nine people and wounding five more. The buildings in a small village outside the city housed displaced Shiites of the Shabak minority. Political tensions are running high in the country; in December, Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered the arrest of a Sunni vice president, touching off a string of sectarian violence that’s threatened to engulf Iraq after the withdrawal of U.S. troops last month.

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