Thursday, August 30, 2007


Seperate attacks in Kirkuk kill four

(Voices of Iraq) - At least four people were killed and ten more wounded in separate attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Wednesday, police sources said. "A car bomb detonated, today at 7:00 pm, in Domiz area, southwestern Kirkuk, killing three civilians and wounding seven more," the source, who spoke on anonymity condition, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI).
The source added "the explosion also damaged some commercial shops." Meanwhile, another police source told VOI "an explosive charge went off, today at 6:00 pm, near a police vehicle patrol in Domiz area, wounding three policemen." The wounded policemen were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, he added.
The same source added that unknown gunmen opened fire at a shop for selling alcoholics today at 4:00 pm in Domiz, killing the owner inside his shop. Kirkuk is 250 km northeast of Baghdad.
COMMENT: Violence is likely to escalate in Kirkuk between the different ethnic groups in the run-up to the referendum on whether Kirkuk should become part of Kurdistan, something the Kurds want, but most of the rest of the population in the town don't. Gunmen opening up fire on an shop selling alcohol indicates that the gunmen were likely extremists. COMMENT ENDS.

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