Civilian killed, 10 wounded in car bomb attack in Iraq's Kirkuk

Source: Xinhua| 2018-04-16 01:14:47|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KIRKUK, Iraq, April 15 (Xinhua) -- One civilian was killed and 10 others wounded in a car bomb explosion on Sunday in the Iraqi ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk, a local police source said.

The incident took place in the afternoon when a booby-trapped car detonated at a car selling market in al-Khadhraa district in southwestern Kirkuk, some 250km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Najor Ali al-Obeidi from Kirkuk police told Xinhua.

The huge blast also caused fire on a nearby civilian car, causing damages to several others, Obeidi said.

The ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk is part of the disputed areas claimed by both Iraqi central government and the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan.

In mid-October, the Iraqi federal security forces took control of Kirkuk province, including its oil fields and military bases, after the withdrawal of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

Since then, the city witnessed attacks by gunmen against the Iraqi forces and civilians from time to time, while the western and southern part of the oil-rich Kirkuk province have been witnessing attacks by remnants of Islamic State militants.