DCSIMG

Huge suicide attack on Iraqi police

At LEAST 33 people were killed in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk yesterday when a suicide bomber detonated a device in a truck packed with explosives outside a police headquarters and gunmen disguised as officers tried to storm the compound.

The blast was the third major attack in weeks in or near the multi-ethnic city of Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, at the heart of a dispute between Iraq’s central government and the autonomous Kurdistan region.

Police said the bomber triggered the huge blast near a side entrance to the police building, demolishing part of a government office nearby.

Police said 33 people were killed, including 12 employees at the government office.

The attack comes as insurgents linked to al-Qaeda try to inflame sectarian conflict in Iraq, where a power-sharing government split among Shiite majority, Sunni and ethnic Kurds has been in crisis since the last US troops left a year ago.

Shiite prime minister Nuri al-Maliki is facing mass protests from Sunnis in western provinces complaining of marginalisation. He is also caught in a stand-off with the country’s autonomous Kurdish enclave in the north.

 
 
 

Back to the top of the page

 

UNMISSABLE SHOWS.
UNMISSABLE COVERAGE.
MAKE THE MOST OF THE FESTIVAL
(BEFORE YOU MISS IT)

#WOWFEST

In partnership with

Complete coverage of the festivals. Guides. Reviews. Listings. Offers

Lets Go!

No Thanks