Six killed in rare bomb attack in Iraqi Kurdish capital
ARBIL, Iraq (REUTERS, AP, AFP) - Six people were killed on Sunday in a series of explosions outside a security directorate in the capital of Iraq's usually peaceful autonomous Kurdistan region, security and medical sources said.
Gunfire could be heard after the blasts in Arbil that wounded a further 36 people, according to the city's health directorate. The victims were believed to be members of the Iraqi Kurdish security forces, known as asayesh.
Hamza Hamid Mohammed, who is spokesman for Irbil province, says a suicide car bomber tried on Sunday afternoon to ram his car into a checkpoint leading to a complex housing the Interior Ministry and other security agencies in Irbil city. Mohammed said that another car bomber followed shortly behind.
Television footage showed the charred remains of at least three cars and another in flames. Smoke rose into the air and firefighters and ambulances were at the scene.