Iraq blasts kill at least five in Kirkuk


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.



A string of explosions hit the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk today, killing several, according to Reuters

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The exact death toll was not immediately clear, with Reuters reporting six dead and Al Jazeera five. 

Bombs struck two Shia religious sites in the city today, said Al Jazeera, while a separate attack on a Kurdish party office north of Baghdad reportedly took the lives of two security force trainees. 

Kirkuk, a majority Kurdish city, is the scene of ongoing negotiations between the Kurds and Iraqi government over disputed oil payments. 

The area contains some of the world's largest known oil reserves.