He added that at least 27 others were wounded in the attack that targeted a famous restaurant on the main highway that links Baghdad with the southern provinces.
Dhi Qar is located about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast. A medical official confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.
The attack came hours after two separate suicide bombings outside Baghdad killed at least 10 troops.


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