Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Three bombs kill seven in Kirkuk
Kirkuk's Police Chief Maj Gen Jamal Tahir told AP news agency that, early this morning, a suicide bomber slammed his pickup truck into a wall near the Kurdish security headquarters. The second blast was near a gas station, the third occurred down a street from the first and was followed by gunshots.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but reports have emerged that militant extremists, Ansar al-Islam, have made threats. Kirkuk, which has a third of Iraq's oil reserves, is a disputed territory claimed by the central government in Baghdad and the Kurdish authorities in the north.
Sources: BBC News, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Euronews
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