Wave of car bombings hit Erbil
A series of explosions hit the Iraqi city of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region yesterday killing six people and injuring 84 others.
Five car bombs had been detonated near the headquarters of Kurdish security services on Sunday, followed by gunfire. The first blast was a suicide car bomb, while an explosives-rigged ambulance was detonated when people rushed to check for casualties.
As soon as the explosion occurred, gun shots were heard and cars reversed in an attempt to escape the chaotic situation. Security forces were also able to diffuse another car bomb before it could be detonated, according to reports.
Security forces issued a warning to all citizens in Erbil not to get close to the explosion areas. All transportation into and out of Erbil, the Kurdish capital, were halted for several hours.
Those injured in the blast were taken to Hospital. Sunday's blasts were the first to hit Erbil since May 2007, when a truck bomb exploded near the same asayesh headquarters, killing 14 people and wounding more than 80.
The blasts came a day after results were announced for the region's parliamentary elections, which saw Kurdistan Democratic Party in the first place Change movement in second place ahead of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan which is in the third place.
Security forces stand on guard and inspect the remains of a blast happened in front of Erbil's security main building in the province of Erbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdistan Region. A string of blasts hit the city, killing six security members personnel and injuring 62 others, on September 29.