Car bombs exploded in Kirkuk and Erbil
Kirkuk bombings killed 21 people while only four people injured in the Erbil Car bomb
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.