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Dozens Die in Attack on Police in Iraqi City
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Soldiers carried the wounded from the police headquarters in Kirkuk, Iraq, after the bombing.
By YASIR GHAZI
Published: February 3, 2013
BAGHDAD — A suicide car bomber attacked a provincial police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday morning, the police and the city’s civil defense director said, killing at least 36 people and wounding 105. Three other suicide attackers who tried to enter the police headquarters after the blast were killed by the police.
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Security forces cordoned off the site and closed government buildings and the main roads in Kirkuk as ambulances took the wounded to a hospital. The commander of the Kirkuk police was among those wounded and was taken to Erbil for treatment.
Nauzad Mohamed, a police officer who was wounded in the attack, said the bomber was “driving a police car and wearing a police uniform.”
“The explosion happened when we asked him to stop for a search,” Mr. Mohamed said. “Then everything collapsed. I can’t believe I survived.”
After the blast, others attacked the police headquarters on foot.
Faris Mustafa, a police officer who also was wounded, said: “I saw the three suicide bombers running into the police building. They were throwing hand grenades at us. We opened fire on them and killed them immediately.”
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Kirkuk’s governor blamed terrorist gangs seeking to destabilize the city, about 180 miles north of Baghdad.
Kurdish troops and Iraqi government security forces have been sharing responsibility for security in Kirkuk. Kurds want to incorporate it into their semiautonomous region in northern Iraq, but Arabs and Turkmens in the city oppose such a move.
The attack on Sunday was the third in recent weeks in the area.
An employee of The New York Times contributed reporting from Kirkuk, Iraq.
A version of this article appeared in print on February 4, 2013, on page A3 of the New York edition with the headline: Dozens Die In Attack On Police In Iraqi City.
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