10 killed in militant attack in Iraq's Kirkuk

Maj. Gen. Mohamed al-Dulaimi said that militants, pretending to be Kurdish policemen, had taken six of the victims into a room where, he said, they had been "executed."

10 killed in militant attack in Iraq's Kirkuk

World Bulletin/News Desk

Ten people were killed and six others injured in a militant attack on a voting registration center in Iraq's northern Kirkuk province, a military official said Tuesday.

"Militants believed to be from the Ansar al-Sunna group attacked a voting registration center on Monday night in the southern village of Alboumafrag," said Maj. Gen. Mohamed al-Dulaimi.

He added that militants, pretending to be Kurdish policemen, had taken six of the victims into a room where, he said, they had been "executed."

Six villagers were injured in subsequent clashes between militants and local residents, al-Dulaimi said.

"Preliminary indications show that this is a terrorist attack by a Takfiri group aimed at scaring people from participating in upcoming parliamentary polls," he added.

According to al-Dulaimi, a security guard and a Muslim preacher were among the ten people killed on Monday night.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

The restive Kirkuk province remains disputed between the central Baghdad government and northern Iraq's Kurdish-run Irbil administration.

The predominantly-Kurdish province routinely sees attacks on security forces and civilians, as well as sporadic intertribal violence.

Iraq's April 30 parliamentary polls will come amid an uptick in militant attacks in the northern and western parts of the country, which have also spilt over into Baghdad.

 

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