One killed, four injured in Iraqi soldiers, Kurd fighters clash

10:51, April 26, 2011      

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Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish peshmerga fighters exchanged gunfire in the ethnic mixed city of Kirkuk on Monday, killing a civilian and wounding four people, a local police source said.

The clashes erupted in Atlas Street in central Kikruk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, after a quarrel between Iraqi army force and peshmerga fighters guarding a Kurdish party office, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The gunfire killed a civilian and wounded two peshmerga fighters as well as two soldiers, the source said.

Iraqi police forces cordoned off the area and launched investigation into the incident, the source said, adding that security commanders from both sides in the city met after the incident in a bid to prevent any possible security consequences in the city.

The ethnically mixed province of Kirkuk and its capital Kirkuk City are part of the disputed areas between the Kurds and both Arabs and Turkomans.

Ethnic Kurds consider the northern oil-rich province of Kirkuk and parts of Nineveh, Diyala and Salahudin provinces as disputed areas and want to incorporate them into their semi-autonomous Kurdish enclave, a move opposed by the Arabs and Turkomans.

Source: Xinhua
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