Thursday, January 17, 2013

Irak: bombing in Kirkuk

At least two car bombs shattered a building housing the local headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the restive city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, killing at least 19 people and wounding more than 200, according to the police
A third bomb at a nearby facility used by Kurdish security forces killed at least four more people, news agencies reported
Tensions have increased recently in the city, where government soldiers squared off with Kurdish militias after Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki sought to consolidate his control over security there
“This is a political explosion,” said Mahound Kamal, the chief of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Kirkuk. “Iraq is witnessing a political crisis that is being reflected on the security of the country and it’s all because of the prime minister”

Workers inspect a building damaged by Wednesday's suicide bombing
News report here.