Recent Explosions in Iraqi's Oil-rich Kirkuk Aimed at Turkman Community

Published July 20th, 2018 - 08:16 GMT
Iraqis gather at the site of a car bomb explosion near Baghdad's Al-Shuhada Bridge. (AFP/Sabah Arar)
Iraqis gather at the site of a car bomb explosion near Baghdad's Al-Shuhada Bridge. (AFP/Sabah Arar)

Recent bombings in Iraq’s oil-rich city of Kirkuk have targeted Turkmens, the leader of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) said late Thursday. 

“As almost all of the explosions in Kirkuk have occurred in Turkmen neighborhoods, Turkmens have become the target,” Arshad Salihi said in a statement. 

At least 10 people were injured Wednesday in four bombings in Kirkuk. 

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry condemned the bombings in a statement Thursday. 

“We condemn the bomb attacks on Turkmen-populated neighborhoods of Kirkuk, including a children’s hospital,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy. 

“The government of Iraq should take necessary security measures and foil internal and external groups aiming to destabilize Iraq by creating a new fait accompli in Kirkuk,” Aksoy added.

It is unknown who is responsible for the attacks.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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