Car bombing at liquor store in north Iraq kill 12

The bomb exploded in the city’s western Al Wasiti neighbourhood.



By (AP)

Published: Sun 25 May 2014, 1:35 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:33 AM

A senior police officer in Iraq says a car bomb targeting a liquor store in the country’s north has killed at least 12 civilians.

Major General Torhan Abdul Rahman Youssef, a deputy police chief in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk, said Sunday that the bomb exploded in the city’s western Al Wasiti neighbourhood. Youssef said the blast wounded 29.

Kirkuk is located 290 kilometres (180 miles) north of Baghdad.

Militants often target night clubs, liquor stores and brothels. They want to impose a strict interpretation of Islam in Iraq.

The attack comes as Iraq’s government is struggling to contain a surge in violence unseen since the country was pushed to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007 after the US-led invasion that toppled dictator Sadaam Hussein.


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