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14 dead in bombings in northern Iraq

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BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two bombs have left 14 people dead near a crowded restaurant in northern Iraq.

Officials say the blasts may indicate that the town of Tal Afar is again seeing an influx of militants because of the uprising in neighboring Syria.

The town was a hotbed of insurgency during the years when Iraq teetered on the edge of civil war.

The mayor there says a car parked outside a popular downtown restaurant exploded this afternoon. As people rushed to the scene to help, a suicide bomber in the crowd detonated his explosives belt.

Attacks by al-Qaida often target security forces in Iraq -- but the local mayor says only civilians were killed in today's bombings.

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