A suicide bomber has killed eight Kurdish security forces personnel in northern Iraq, officials say.

The bomber blew up a car in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, near the city of Kirkuk, on Sunday beside a three-vehicle convoy of intelligence forces, the Assayeesh, an interior ministry source said.

Nine officers were wounded in the attack, a local official said.

Tuz Kharmato is primarily Shia Turkmen, but lies in the disputed areas claimed by Kurds, Turkmen and the central Iraqi government. It is part of a swathe of territory that the Kurds want to incorporate into their autonomous region in the north.

With the latest unrest, more than 720 people have been killed in Iraq in July, making it the deadliest month in a year marked by spiralling violence.


Source: Al Jazeera and agencies