Car bombs kill 15 in Iraq's Kirkuk

AFP , Saturday 23 Aug 2014

Three near-simultaneous car bombs exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Saturday, killing 15 people and wounding 60

Two bombs exploded near buildings under construction in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, the buildings were used as observation positions by security forces, while a third bombing struck the entrance to a market.

A police colonel said that the market blast may have been a suicide car bombing, while the doctor said that three security forces members were among the dead.

The bombings come as Iraqi federal and Kurdish security forces battle a jihadist-led militant offensive that was launched in June and has overrun large areas of five provinces.
In the early days of the onslaught, Iraqi soldiers left their positions in oil-rich Kirkuk province, the capital of which is the city of the same name.

This cleared the way for Kurdish forces to take control of it and other disputed northern areas that they have long wanted to incorporate into their autonomous region, over the strong objection of Baghdad.

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