Bombs kill six in Iraq's disputed Kirkuk province
[Al Ahram] Car bombs killed four people in Kurdish areas of the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, while roadside kabooms killed two more in a nearby Arab town, a security official and a doctor said.
The attacks come a day after top security officials from the federal government and Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region reached an agreement aimed at easing high tensions in disputed areas of northern Iraq, which the country's parliamentary speaker has warned could lead to civil war.
One car boom went
kaboom! in a Kurdish area of east Kirkuk near a Kurdistan Democratic Party youth club, one of the two main Kurdish parties in Iraq, killing two people and wounding seven, a security official said.
About 10 minutes later, a second car boom went
kaboom! in another Kurdish area in the city's northeast, killing a Kurdish security forces member and wounding four other people, the official said.
And a third car boom detonated in the north of the city killed one person and maimed five, with Kurdish security forces members among the maimed.
Two roadside kabooms meanwhile went
kaboom! in an Arab-majority town about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
killing two people, among them a policeman, and wounding one other.
Dr Nabil Yusef from Kirkuk General Hospital confirmed that six people were killed in the attacks.
Also on Tuesday, six roadside kabooms targeted Iraqi army and police in the disputed town of Tuz Khurmatu, wounding two members of the security forces, police Lieutenant Colonel Khaled al-Bayati said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but car and roadside kabooms are a hallmark of Sunni bully boy groups in Iraq.
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