Car bombs ex­ploded in Kirkuk and Er­bil

Kirkuk bomb­ings killed 21 peo­ple while only four peo­ple in­jured in the Er­bil Car bomb

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Three near-si­mul­ta­ne­ous car bombs ex­ploded in the north­ern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Satur­day, killing 21 peo­ple and wound­ing 118, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer and a doc­tor said.

Two of the bombs ex­ploded near build­ings un­der con­struc­tion that were used as ob­ser­va­tion po­si­tions by se­cu­rity forces, while the third struck the en­trance to a mar­ket.

In the same day, a car bomb ex­ploded in the cap­i­tal of Iraq's Kur­dis­tan re­gion, Er­bil, in­jur­ing four peo­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal me­dia, the ex­plo­sion was caused by the det­o­na­tion of a re­mote con­trol bomb placed on a car at around 6 pm lo­cal time.

In a state­ment about the in­ci­dent, Er­bil’s se­cu­rity chief said that in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way about the ex­plo­sion, as­sur­ing the peo­ple that “the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion is sta­ble and things are un­der con­trol". He pointed out that the num­ber of the car plate is reg­is­tered in Bagh­dad.

The blasts come as Iraqi and Kur­dish troops are fight­ing back an ad­vance by the Is­lamic State ji­hadists in the north and as sec­tar­ian at­tacks have deep­ened the coun­try's cri­sis.

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