World Bulletin/News Desk
A bomber driving a car and gunmen disguised as police killed at least 33 people in Iraq's Kirkuk on Sunday when they tried to storm a city police headquarters, police sources said.
Kirkuk, a religiously and ethnically mixed area of Arabs, Kurds and Turkman, is at the heart of a dispute over oil and land between Baghdad's central government and the autonomous Kurdistan enclave in the north.
The Sunday morning blast wounded at least 70 more people and police said there were still bodies trapped under the collapsed debris of buildings after the attack in Kirkuk, 170 km (105 miles) north of the capital Baghdad.
"Two gunmen wearing explosive vests tried to storm into the Kirkuk police directorate, but guards at the main guard engaged them and killed them," a police source inside the compound said.
Last month a bomber disguised as a mourner killed at least 26 at a funeral at Shi'ite mosque in another city near Kirkuk, and days earlier a bomber driving a truck killed 25 in an attack on a political party headquarters in Kirkuk.
Turkish Foreign Ministry condemned the bomb attack which killed at least 33 people and injured 70 others in Kirkuk city of Iraq.
The ministry expressed sorrow over death of people during the attack staged near Kirkuk Security Department building.
The ministry offered condolences to the relatives of victims, and wished speed recovery for wounded ones.
Turkey is ready to help friendly and neighborly country Iraq, said the ministry, adding that Turkey would be in full solidarity with Iraq in fight against terrorism.
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