Iraq car bombs kill 29, injure 126


A man walks past a destroyed car following three car bomb attacks in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Nov. 27, 2012. The attacks came a day after top security officials from the federal government and Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region reached an agreement aimed at easing high tensions in disputed areas of northern Iraq, which the country's parliament speaker has warned could lead to civil war.



At least 29 people were killed and another 126 were injured after eight car bombs hit Shiite and Kurdish areas across Iraq.

The bombings hit the northern city of Kirkuk, as well as several sites inside and outside Baghdad, reported RT. One of three simultaneous blasts in Kirkuk, stemming from explosives in parked cars, destroyed the local offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, and all three targeted two Kurdish residential areas in the center of the city.

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Five people, including a Kurdish security guard, were killed and 58 others wounded, police sources told the Associated Press. A few minutes later, two more bombs exploded in a market in Hawija, a Sunni-dominated town west of Kirkuk. Two civilians were killed and five others were wounded.

The deadliest explosion occurred in the Shuala district, when a car bomb parked outside a Shiite place of worship went off as people were leaving the building and killed nine, according to Reuters.

"I saw lots of blood on the ground," policeman Hashem Abbas, who witnessed the blast, told Reuters. He said shoes and torn clothing were scattered around the area.

According to CNN, the attacks came a day after senior Iraqi security officials from the federal government and Kurdistan regional government decided to form committees to find a solution to the country's complicated issue of disputed areas, including oil-rich Kirkuk.