Kirkuk: Two car bombs targeting a
provincial councillor and a police officer north of Baghdad
on Friday killed six people and wounded 82, many of them women or
children, police said.
The six dead came in a bombing in the town of Tuz
Khurmatu and targeted the home of Niazar Nomaroglu, a Shiite
Turkmen councillor in mainly Sunni Arab Salaheddin province,
police Colonel Hussein al-Bayati said.
Women and children were among the 50 people wounded in
the 1245 GMT bombing, which severely damaged several
surrounding houses as well as Nomaroglu`s home, Bayati said.
It was unclear whether the councillor was among the
"This attack bears all the hallmarks of Al-Qaeda," the
police colonel said.
Salaheddin province has its headquarters in heavily Sunni
Arab Tikrit, hometown of now executed dictator Saddam Hussein,
but the province also has Kurdish and Shiite Turkmen
minorities, particularly on its eastern margins.
For the Sunni extremists of Al-Qaeda, Shiites are
anathema, and the jihadists have carried out a string of
attacks against the majority confession in Iraq, whether
ethnically Arab, Turkmen or Kurdish.