Family struck in Kirkuk blast

Explosion flattens home in northern Iraqi city killing eight members of one family.

    Police said at least one woman and one child were among the dead [AFP]

    Police and hospital sources said at least two people were hurt in the blast, which caused a whole building to collapse.

    At least one woman and a child were among the dead.

    Abdul Rahman Mustafa, the governor of Kirkuk province, said: "What are these children and women guilty of that they should be targeted? The aim of such terror attacks is to ignite strife in Kirkuk."

    Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds are competing for power in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, 290km north of the capital, Baghdad.

    The majority Kurds want to incorporate the area into their autonomous northern region, while other groups want it to remain under central government control.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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