A car packed with explosives went off near the U.S. consulate in Kirkuk, killing two Iraqis and injuring seven others, Iraqi police said Sunday. The blast reported late Saturday night in eastern Kirkuk, said police Col. Burhan Tayeb. No Americans were injured in the explosion, he said.
The bombing was the seventh car bombing this month in Kirkuk. City leaders described the two-month-old bombing campaign as the work of "Islamist extremists" bent on terrorizing the population and fomenting civil strife in the ethnically mixed city.
On Saturday, six people died and 17 were wounded by a car bomb near a gas station.
According to AFP, police also said a sheik was killed and two of his cousins burned when their car caught fire at an intersection in Mosul, about 255 miles northwest of Baghdad.
In other violence across Iraq, a police patrol in Hilla, 75 miles south of Baghdad, was targeted by a roadside bomb that killed two civilians and wounded 10 others.
Meanwhile, British forces killed two gunmen and wounded another after a supply convoy in southern Iraq came under attack southwest of al-Amara, a spokesman said.