Bombings in northern Iraq kill 2, wound 37
By SAMEER N. YACOUB
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Two bombings in Iraq including a suicide attack left two security force members dead and 37 people wounded in the country's north on Sunday, the latest episode of near daily violence in the country.
In the first attack, Kirkuk Police Brig. Gen. Anwar Mohammed Qadir said a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a residential area in the city of Kirkuk, wounding 35 people.
Bomber targeted both a Kurdish educational office and an adjacent house for a Christian lawmaker, Qadir said. Seven members of the lawmaker's family were wounded in the attack.
Kirkuk is home to an ethnic mix of Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen who all have competing claims to the oil-rich area.
Attacks have spiked in Iraq during the past few months. More than 4,000 people have been killed in violence between April and August, a level of bloodshed not seen since the country was on the brink of civil war in 2008.
Hours after the suicide bombing, police said a roadside bomb struck a security convoy near the northern city of Mosul, killing two soldiers and wounding two others.
Meanwhile, authorities raised the death toll for a deadly double suicide attack on a funeral inside a Shiite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad a day earlier. The new death toll brings to 78 the number of people killed that devastating attack.
Acting U.N. envoy in Iraq Gyorgy Busztin condemned the Saturday attack in Sadr city, and renewed calls to the Iraqi government and politicians to take strong measures to curb violence. He called for restraint among Iraqi groups in face of the increasing attacks.
"Retaliation can only bring more violence and it is the responsibility of all leaders to take strong action not to let violence escalate further," according to a statement issued by Busztin on Sunday.
Two hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures for both attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.
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