Monday, March 11, 2013

At least 5 killed, 120 wounded in suicide attack on police HQ in N. Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq, March 11 (Xinhua) -- At least five people were killed and 120 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a police headquarters in a town at Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk on Monday, a provincial police source said.

The attack occurred in the morning when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car near the police headquarters in the town of al-Debis, some 45 km northwest of Kirkuk city, the capital of Kirkuk province, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Three of the killed were policemen and some 65 of the wounded were students in a nearby secondary school building, the source said.

The huge blast caused severe damages to the police headquarters as well as to the nearby school and a government building, the source added.

The toll could rise as many of the victims were evacuated by ambulances and civilian cars to several hospitals and medical centers in the city, he said.

The ethnically mix province of Kirkuk and its capital Kirkuk City, some 250 km north of Baghdad, are part of the disputed areas between the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkomans.

 2013-03-11 17:29:52

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