| GEO World|
| Iraq restaurant bomb kills 15|
| Updated at: 1655 PST, Thursday, December 11, 2008|
KIRKUK: At least 15 people were killed and 45 were wounded on Thursday in a bomb attack on a restaurant near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, police said.
The attack happened in early afternoon at a roadside restaurant 15 kilometres (nine miles) north of Kirkuk and 255 kilometres (160 miles) from Baghdad.
Bomb attacks have continued regularly in Kirkuk and surrounding areas amid conflict between Kurdish, Arab and Turkmen communities, although the number of violent incidents in Iraq as a whole has dropped sharply this year.
On December 1, police found 12 bodies in a village south of Kirkuk. They had been riddled with bullets and incinerated, Jamal Taher Bakr, the provincial police chief, told a foreign news agency.