Series of blasts in Iraq’s Kirkuk kill 6, wounds 30

Series of blasts in Iraq’s Kirkuk kill 6, wounds 30

Bombings against two Shiite places of worship in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed 6 people Sunday, while an attack on a Kurdish political office left two dead, police and doctors said.
 
Three roadside bombs exploded near a Shi’ite mosque in the city, and a car bomb and a roadside bomb detonated near a Kirkuk television channel, according to police officials.
 
Omar Sideeq, head of Kirkuk’s health department, said six people were killed and 30 wounded. But a police official said 10 people had been killed in the attacks. No-one claimed responsibility.
 
The officer who spoke to AFP said the attacks took place at around 1630 GMT as a doctor from Kirkuk general hospital confirmed the toll.
 
Oil-rich and ethnically mixed Kirkuk is part of a swathe of territory in north Iraq that the autonomous Kurdistan region wants to incorporate, despite strong objections by Baghdad.
 
Earlier on Sunday, a car bomb exploded at the local headquarters of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan or PUK party in the province of Diyalah, after a number of people seeking to join the Kurdish security forces had gathered.
 
The blast in Jalawla, which like Kirkuk lies in disputed territory, killed two recruits and wounded 13, a police officer and a doctor at the local Hospital said.
 
The dispute over territory in northern Iraq is the greatest threat to the country’s long-term stability, diplomats and officials say. Ties between Baghdad and Kurdistan are also marred by disputes over oil and power-sharing.
 
While violence has decreased significantly from its peak in 2006-2007, attacks still occur almost every day across the Middle East country.

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