(BAGHDAD) — The semiautonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, which has largely escaped most of the recent revival of sectarian bloodshed, was hit hard Wednesday, according to Iraqi authorities.
Two suicide bombers and a car explosion left at least four people dead and dozens wounded in and near Kirkuk.
One of the attacks conducted by a suicide bomber targeted the main office of the Kurdish party headed by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. One person, in addition to the assailant, was killed in the explosion while 40 others, mainly security guards, were wounded. Talabani was not at the headquarters at the time of the assault.
A car bomb targeted a Kurdish security patrol in southwestern Kirkuk, killing one security member and injuring six others while a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle at the entrance of a security base, killing two and wounding seven.
The Kurds have mostly avoided the latest round of sectarian violence that threatens attempts at keeping Iraq unified. Deadly attacks were also reported in Baghdad and the Sunni-dominated city of Fallujah.
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