Truck bomb in northern Iraq kills at least 23

by Reuters
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:53 GMT

Shi'ite volunteers are seen with their weapons during an intensive security deployment to fight against militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the town of Tuz Khurmatu in this 2014 archive photo. REUTERS/ Stringer

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Most of the casualties were civilians

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By Mustafa Mahmoud

KIRKUK, Iraq, Nov 21 (Reuters) - At least 23 people were killed and 60 wounded when a suicide bomber set off a truck bomb near a crowded marketplace in the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu, police and medical sources said on Tuesday.

An interior ministry spokesman said a "violent explosion" took place near a vegetable market in the town, south of Kirkuk, but did not immediately provide casualty figures.

Military authorities said 17 were killed and 36 injured, according to a statement.

Most of the casualties were civilians, the police and medical sources told Reuters. The death toll was expected to rise because many of the wounded were in critical condition.

The bombing took place in a mainly Shi'ite Turkmen area.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Suicide bombings are a trademark of Islamic State, and Iraqi security officials have said the group was likely to wage an insurgency after its self-proclaimed caliphate collapsed and its militants were dislodged from territories they held in the country. (Reporting by Mustafa Mahmoud; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Larry King and John Stonestreet)

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