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Dead, Wounded In Kirkuk Cafe Blast

July 12, 2013

Officials in Iraq say at least 18 people have been killed and upward of 25 others wounded in an explosion in the northern town of Kirkuk.

The AFP news agency quotes a health official as saying that the blast on the evening of July 12, which targeted a crowded cafe, was caused by a suicide bomber.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible.

Attacks linked to sectarian hostilities between Iraq's majority Shi'a and minority Sunnis have killed thousands of people this year, including more than 700 in June.

In related news, attacks targeting security forces in Iraq have killed at least seven people.

Police said on July 12 that gunmen shot dead senior police official Brigadier General Sabri Abed Issa near Sharqat, northwest of Baghdad.

In another incident, an unnamed former policeman was killed in Muqdadiyah, northeast of the capital.

In the northern city of Mosul, a suicide car bomber killed four policemen and wounded two more at a police checkpoint.

A separate roadside bomb attack killed a policeman and wounded another in the same city.

Attacks linked to sectarian hostilities between Iraq’s majority Shi’ites and minority Sunnis have killed thousands of people this year, including more than 700 in June.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP and dpa

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/iraq-atacks-senior-police-officer-killed/25044830.html

Copyright (c) 2013. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.



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