Iraq officials say bombing at soccer field kills 5

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a bomb has exploded near a soccer field while teenagers were playing south of Baghdad, killing at least five people.

Police say the blast struck Thursday evening in the town of Madain, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of the Iraqi capital. They say at least 13 people were wounded in the attack.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized the release the information to journalists.

Violence has surged in Iraq, with the country weathering its deadliest bout of violence since it was pulling back from the brink of civil war in 2008. Soccer fields and other areas that are hard to protect have been increasingly targeted in recent months.

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