Explosions shake Iraqi Kurdish capital, 6 killed

A doctor checks on a wounded man in hospital in Arbil on April 25, 2013. Sunday’s blasts in Arbil wounded 36 people and killed six, according to the city health directorate. (AFP)

Militants killed six people in the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq on Sunday, officials said, in a rare attack on an area usually spared violence plaguing the country.

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, according to Reuters.

A spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said the attack could have been linked to the war in neighboring Syria.

A senior Kurdish security official said two militants opened fire at the headquarters of the asayesh security service in Arbil, then entered and blew themselves up, reported Agence France-Presse.

While much of Iraq is plagued by near-daily violence that kills hundreds of people each month, the three-province Kurdistan region in the country's north has largely been spared the deadly unrest, reported AFP.

Sunday’s blasts were the first to hit Arbil since May 2007, when a truck bomb exploded near the same asayesh headquarters, killing 14 people and wounding more than 80.


(With AFP and Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40