Monday, July 23, 2012

Five killed, 19 wounded in bomb attacks in Iraq's Kirkuk

KIRKUK, Iraq, July 23 (Xinhua) -- A total of five people were killed and 19 wounded in three car bombs and two bomb explosions in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk on Monday, a local police source told Xinhua.

The attacks occurred almost simultaneously in the morning when one of the car bombs went off near a gas station in central Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, the source said on condition of anonymity.

Another booby-trapped car was detonated outside a police station in central the city, while the third car bomb explosion struck a marketplace in northern Kirkuk, the source said.

Meanwhile, a makeshift bomb went off near a government building and another one at the busy thoroughfare of al-Quds Street in central city, the source added.

Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks are still common in Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings.

2012-07-23 15:17:04

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