At least seven people have lost their lives and 30 others sustained injuries when a powerful car bomb explosion struck a main road in Iraq's north-central province of Salahuddin.
Provincial police source Mohammed al-Bazi said the blast took place at around noon on Wednesday, when a booby-trapped car parked in front of a restaurant frequently visited by passengers while travelling on the main road north of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of Baghdad, went off.
Bazi added the massive explosion set seven nearby civilian cars ablaze and badly damaged several others. It destroyed large part of the restaurant as well.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Daesh Takfiri militant group has been responsible for such attacks in most cases, targeting markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.