Baghdad - A bomb blast in a restaurant in a market near Baghdad killed five people and wounded 24 others on Thursday, medical and security officials said.

“A bomb exploded in a restaurant in a popular market in Jisr Diyala, south-east of Baghdad, at around 8pm (17h00 GMT),” an interior ministry source said, saying five people died and 24 were wounded.

A hospital source confirmed the death toll, but said 25 people were injured.

Violence has diminished in Iraq since its heights in 2006 and 2007, but there are still regular attacks in the country.

In April, 126 Iraqis died in attacks nationwide, compared with 112 in March, the lowest figure since the 2003 US-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. - Sapa-AFP