Bombings hit Iraqi military in Baghdad, Kirkuk

At least 31 people were killed in Iraq after bombings targeted locations used by the security forces

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After a suicide bomber targeted an intelligence headquarters in Baghdad on Saturday, later in the day two bombs exploded near under-construction buildings used as observation positions by security forces in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

In the capital, the suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into an intelligence headquarters in, killing at least 11 people, police and medical sources said.

Meanwhile, three near-simultaneous car bombs exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Saturday, killing 20 people and wounding 60, police and a doctor said.

Two of the bombs exploded near under-construction buildings used as observation positions by security forces, while the third struck the entrance to a market.

Meanwhile, a bomb exploded in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Arbil, on Saturday, local television network Rudaw reported.

The attacks came a day after Shiite militiamen machinegunned 68 Sunni worshipers at a village mosque in Diyala Province, raising the prospect of revenge attacks as politicians try to form a government capable of countering Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants.

Following the mosque attack, two major sunni parliamentary blocs pulled of talks on forming a new Iraqi cabinet, setting up a challenge for prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi.

An advance by ISIS militants group through northern Iraq has alarmed the Baghdad government and its Western allies and drawn airstrikes in Iraq for the first time since the withdrawal of American troops in 2011.

Although the air campaign has caused a few setbacks for Islamic State, they do not address the wider problem of sectarian warfare which the group has fueled with attacks on Shiites.

Bombings, kidnappings and execution-style shootings occur almost daily, echoing the dark days of 2006-2007, the peak of a sectarian civil war.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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