THREE KILLED, NINE WOUNDED IN SUICIDE CAR BOMBING IN IRAQ’S KIRKUK

Three people were killed and nine others wounded, on Saturday, in a suicide car bombing, in the city of Kirkuk, a local police source said.

The attack took place in the evening, when a suicide bomber detonated his car, loaded with explosives, after hitting a nearby vehicle, in the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source said.

Ambulances, police and civilian vehicles, evacuated the victims to the city’s main hospital and medical centres, while security forces sealed off the scene, to secure the area, the source added.

Tensions run high in the past few weeks, as the ethnically mixed city of Kirkuk was expected to witness a controversial referendum, as the city is part of the disputed areas that the Kurds want to incorporate into their semi-autonomous region, a move fiercely opposed by the Arabs and Turkomans, and by the Baghdad government.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Daesh militant group, in most previous cases, has carried out such suicide attacks, targeting security forces and crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq

 

Source: NAM News Network

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