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Iraq: Massive car bomb kills 21 in Turkmen district

22nd Nov 2017
Iraq: Massive car bomb kills 21 in Turkmen district

By Hussein al-Amir and Ali Mukarrem Garip

 

BAGHDAD (AA): At least 21 people were killed Tuesday when the Turkmen-majority Tuz Khurmatu district in Iraq’s Saladin province north of Baghdad was rocked by a massive car bomb, according to a provincial security commission head.

Fifty-two people were also injured in the car bomb blast, Mahdi Taqi, the president of the Saladin Provincial Security Commission, told Anadolu Agency.

“A curfew has been imposed in Tuz Khurmatu district in order to prevent a possible second attack,” Taqi added.

A booby-trapped vehicle exploded at noon Tuesday near a crowded market in Tuz Khurmatu, according to Police First Lt. Numan al Jubori, .

The blast also damaged several nearby structures and vehicles parked in the area, al-Jubori said.

While no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, the Iraqi authorities typically blame such attacks on the Daesh terrorist group, which has recently suffered a string of defeats — both in Iraq and in neighboring Syria.

In mid-October, Iraqi forces seized control of Tuz Khurmatu following the withdrawal of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from the majority-Turkmen district.

[Photo:  A wounded boy waits for treatment at Kirkuk Public Hospital after an attack with a bomb-laden vehicle in Tuz Khurmatu district of Saladin Province, on November 21, 2017 in Kirkuk Iraq. Photographer: Ali Mukarrem Garip/AA]

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