'A car bomb near a Shiite mosque in a village north of Baghdad exploded among crowds of people on Wednesday, killing at least 13 and wounding 24 others, the police said.
Residents of Abe Sayeda, a predominately Shiite village located in a heavily Sunni area, blamed the bombing on Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the homegrown terrorist group, which has remained active in the province, Diyala.
An American soldier was killed there on Wednesday after a roadside bomb exploded as his vehicle passed, the United States military said in a statement.
The bomb site lies near a Shiite mosque, a health center and shops, and was crowded with people venturing outside Wednesday evening after the day’s heat had dissipated somewhat.
“Al Qaeda is hiding in many areas surrounding this village and the families there support them,” said Abdul Rachman al-Tamimi, whose clothes were bloody from helping the injured into ambulances.'