WASHINGTON, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The United States condemned Monday the suicide bombing in Iraq that killed at least 22 people and wounded 187 others.
"The United States condemns the violent attacks on innocent Iraqis. We urge the Iraqi people and government to respond with calm determination to the threat from violent extremists who seek to destabilize the country," U.S. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.
Earlier on Monday, a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-belt among a crowd of Kurdish people demonstrating in front of the government building in the center of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad.
According to media reports, the attack targeted demonstrators who rallied to protest the passage of a controversial law on the provincial election by the Iraqi parliament.
On July 22, the Iraqi parliament approved a key provincial election bill, despite a walk-out by lawmakers from the Kurdish coalition bloc.