(BAGHDAD) – At least 30 people were killed and dozens more wounded on Sunday when suicide bombers and gunmen launched a major attack in the semi-autonomous region of northern Iraq.
The assault on a police headquarters occurred in the ethnically-diverse city of Kirkuk.
According to witnesses, the militants used a car bomb and a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest at the compound’s entrance so that other insurgents could get inside.
Due to the confusion at the scene, it wasn’t immediately known how many police and militants were killed. However, numerous victims were rushed to hospitals by ambulances and police cars.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack although suspicion fell on Sunni insurgents, who’ve been blamed for other assaults in Kirkuk.
Kurds want to incorporate the city into the region while meeting resistance from Arab and Turkmen residents, who prefer Kirkuk remain under Baghdad’s control.
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