Northern Iraq: Eight die in blast as Turkish forces kill four
A suicide bomber killed eight people, including six policemen, and injured 10 in a market in the northern Iraqi town of Shirqat late on Sunday, an Interior Ministry source said. According to Reuters, the attacker detonated an explosives belt when police and civilians gathered to inspect the site of a roadside bomb minutes earlier, in which no one had been hurt.
The attack followed a twin suicide car bomb assault on Sunday outside the Trade Bank of Iraq in central Baghdad, killing 26 people.
Also in northern Iraq, Turkish forces killed four people, including a 15-year-old girl as they attacked the hideouts of Kurdish rebels who killed 12 troops. The ground incursion into Iraq came after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to fight the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) "to the end."
According to AFP, PKK spokesman Ahmed Denis responded with a threat to attack cities across Turkey if the army did not halt its policy of confrontation. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari slammed the "unilateral" Turkish action.