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Deadly suicide bomb attacks rock Iraq's Kirkuk


09:00, February 04, 2013

Rescuers work at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kirkuk, on Feb. 3, 2013. At least 30 people were killed and some 70 others wounded in a coordinated car bomb and suicide attack on a police headquarters in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, a local police source said. (Xinhua/Dina Assad)

KIRKUK, Iraq, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- A suicide car bomber along with other suicide bombers carried out coordinated attacks at a provincial police headquarters in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk on Sunday, a provincial police source said.

The attacks started in the morning when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into the entrance of the police compound in central Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Afterwards, two suicide bombers wearing explosive vests and carrying AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades tried to penetrate the security walls, but the guards opened fire and blew them up, the source said.

The suicide bombers threw several grenades and exchanged heavy fire with the security forces before they were killed, the source added.

The attack apparently was an attempt to take control of the police compound and probably targeted the jail of the headquarters which hold dozens of detainees, some of whom are senior al-Qaida members, the police said.

"I just entered the headquarters when a huge blast rocked the compound, turning the place into debris, dust and smashed windows, " Hameed Sulaiman, a policeman told Xinhua at the scene.

Another police officer who spoke anonymously told Xinhua that he was inside the compound during the attack and after the end of battle he saw his friend, a police officer, killed at the entrance.

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