Two suicide bombers killed at least five people and wounded more than 20 in an attack on a Shiite mosque in the northern city of Kirkuk, Iraq (Reuters). Acting Kirkuk governor Rakan Saeed appealed to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to send more troops to secure the city (Reuters). The attackers also struck a nearby former police station used by Saraya al-Salam, a Shiite paramilitary force led by an Iraqi cleric (DW). The two explosions, one on Atlas Street, a key shopping area, and the other behind a municipality office of Kirkuk, were reportedly 15 minutes apart (K24).
Violence in the country has surged with the emergence of Islamic State (ISIS) Sunni militants who proclaimed an Islamic Caliphate in Iraq in 2014 (IN). No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks but the suicide bombings are a trademark of ISIS militants (Reuters). Police sources said the attacks happened in quick succession and the death toll might rise because some of the wounded were in critical condition (Reuters). Iraqi security forces have recaptured nearly all the territories once controlled by the Islamic State (Reuters).
Tags: Terrorism, Iraq, suicide bombing, Kirkuk