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Iraq
Suicide attack in Iraq kills 10 outside political office
2013-01-16
At least 10 people have been killed in a bomb attack on a political office in northern Iraq, officials say.

More than 90 people are reported to have been injured in the attack on offices of the Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) in the city of Kirkuk.

The KDP is led by the president of the largely autonomous Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani.

Police say the blast was caused by a vehicle driven by a suicide bomber and caused considerable damage.

Kirkuk has a population of Kurds, Arabs and Turkomen, who each claim ownership of the city and the region's oil resources.

Baghdad and the Kurdish authorities had been planning to hold talks over the disputed territory.

Although sectarian violence has decreased in Iraq since the height of the insurgency in 2006 and 2007, attacks are still common.

Two more people were killed and 20 others wounded in a second attack outside the offices of another political party in Tuz Khurmato 55 miles (85km) to the south.
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