Iraq: 1 Killed, 7 Injured in Kirkuk Bomb Attack

Published September 20th, 2018 - 06:54 GMT
The incident has come amid a spate of militant attacks [Twitter]
The incident has come amid a spate of militant attacks [Twitter]

A bomb attack in Iraq's contested Kirkuk city has killed at least one person and wounded seven others on Wednesday evening.

A local security source said that "an explosive device planted in a civilian vehicle exploded in central Kirkuk".

The source added that the death toll in the attack could rise.

The incident has come amid a spate of militant attacks in and around the multi-ethnic city north of Baghdad.

Earlier this month, suspected Islamic State group jihadists killed seven people in a village west of Kirkuk.

The extremist group has stepped up its attacks since the release of a purported new audio message late last month from IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared "victory" in December in the fight against IS, which seized nearly a third of the country in 2014.

But sleeper cells continue to launch attacks from sparsely populated areas in the country.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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