Senior Politician Gunned Down in Iraq's Kirkuk

Senior Politician Gunned Down in Iraq's Kirkuk

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The most senior Arab member of the Kirkuk provincial council was gunned down in the northern Iraqi city, officials said, a killing likely to stoke tensions in the area.

Gunmen on Tuesday sprayed Mohammed Khalil al-Juburi's car with bullets in central Kirkuk, the provincial capital, killing him and wounding his wife, a police colonel said, AFP reported on Wednesday.

Khalid al-Mufraji, a member of the Iraqi federal parliament, also confirmed Juburi's death and the wounding of his wife.

Also on Tuesday, at least six people lost their lives and more than two dozen others sustained injuries in a spate of bomb attacks in and around Iraq’s violence-plagued capital.

A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two civilians were killed and nine others wounded when a bomb went off close to a popular market in the town of Abu Ghraib, located some 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Baghdad.

Another person lost life and six others sustained injuries as an improvised explosive device attached beneath a car blew up in the al-Hurriya neighborhood of northern Baghdad.

Separately, a bomb exploded in the capital’s southwestern Amil neighborhood, killing one civilian and injuring five others.

A civilian was also killed and three others injured when a bomb blast targeted an army patrol in the city of Sabaa al-Bour, located approximately 28 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Additionally, a roadside bomb exploded in Baghdad’s southern district of al-Rashid, leaving one civilian dead and three others wounded.

Since the emergence of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists, Baghdad has seen near-daily attacks, with roadside bombs, suicide blasts and assassinations targeting Iraqi forces and government officials, with significant casualties among the civilian population.

The violence has killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands of Iraqis.

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