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Iraq Slaughter: 55 Killed, 288 Woundedby Margaret Griffis, January 16, 2013Print This | Share This
Iraq’s, so far, deadliest day of 2013 left at least 55 Iraqis killed and 288 more wounded.
In northern Iraq, attacks focused on Kurdish targets in Kirkuk and Tuz Khormato. These two cities lie in an oil-rich region contested by Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan. Last month, they came under attack during a pair of 2012′s bloodiest days. However, on those two days, Shi’ites locations were targeted. Meanwhile, Turkey continued its military operations against Kurdish rebel sites in sparsely populated areas.
At least 26 people were killed
and over 200 more were wounded in a double bombing during rush hour this morning on Atlas Street in Kirkuk
. In the graver attack, a suicide bomber blew up his car outside the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party. Nearby, a car bomb also exploded close to the criminal investigations bureau. The second blast may have been targeting a K.D.P. official. In any case, many officials and security personnel were among the casualties, and a number of buildings were severely damaged or reduced to rubble. The K.D.P. is the party of Kurdish regional president Massoud Barzani. Four more people were wounded in a third bombing.
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Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.
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