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Iraq: Twin suicide attacks kill at least five in Kirkuk

Iraq: Twin suicide attacks kill at least five in Kirkuk
From Al Jazeera - November 5, 2017

Two explosions struck the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killing at least five people and wounding more than 20 others, local medics said.

The suicide attack targeted offices of Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) on Atlas Street, located in the heart of the city, on Sunday, according to local media reports.

The PMF are Iranian-backed, Shia-dominated paramilitaries who have fought alongside Iraqi government forces since 2014.

The attack was the first of its kind since the Iraqi central government regained control of the multi-ethnic city last month from Kurdish Peshmerga forces - who had been in control of the area for three years.

A controversial September 25 referendum on Kurdish secession led to mounting tensions between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi central government. Baghdad had declared the results of the referendum illegal.

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