Bombs kill at least 80 in Kirkuk
At least 80 people were killed on Monday in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk in a coordinated attack by a suicide truck bomber in a crowded market and a separate car bomb parked on a busy street, police said. Iraqi police said 136 people were wounded in the Kirkuk blasts and warned that the death toll could rise further. “Most of the wounded, which include women and children, are in critical condition because they are suffering from burns,” said Major General Barhan Habib Tayyib, police chief of Kirkuk. A Reuters cameraman on the scene described the carnage after the bomb exploded in a market near an office of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party. The explosion scattered bodies across the market, set dozens of cars on fire and trapped passengers on a bus where they burned to death, the cameraman said. The car bomb exploded in a commercial area called Iskan, near shops and a bus garage, police said. The two blasts came within minutes of each other, they added.
Posted by: Fred 2007-07-17