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At least 14 killed in twin suicide bombings in Iraq

English.news.cn   2014-06-09 17:57:19

TIKRIT, Iraq, June 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 14 people were killed and dozens wounded in two suicide bombings in the ethnically mixed city of Tuz-Khurmato in Salahudin province on Monday, a provincial police source said.

The attacks occurred before noon when a suicide bomber blew up his truck bomb at the entrance of the office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Tuz-Khurmato, some 90 km east of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Minutes later, a booby-trapped car went off at a crowded parking lot in center of the city, the source said.

The toll could rise as ambulances, police and civilian vehicles evacuated the casualties to different hospitals and medical centers, the source said.

The attack against the Kurdish party of PUK is the second in two days. On Sunday, a double bomb exploded in the party's office in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, killing 17 people and wounding 65 others, most were PUK officials and Kurdish security members.

The ethnically mixed city of Tuz-Khurmato is part of disputed areas between the Kurds, who want to annex it to their semi- autonomous region and the Baghdad government.

The Sunni-dominated province of Salahudin with its capital Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, is the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.


Editor: Fu Peng
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