At least two people were killed and another 36 wounded when a large bomb exploded in Iraq's Kirkuk city outside a bank where police were collecting their salaries, police and hospital officials said on Thursday.
Local television showed black smoke coming from the site in Kirkuk city centre where emergency workers helped the wounded into ambulances. One dead body lay in the street near the wreckage from the attack.
Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, is ethnically divided among Iraqi Arabs, Kurds, and Turkmen and its disputed status makes it a potential flashpoint for conflict when U.S. troops prepare to withdraw at year-end.
ReutersLast Mod: 29 Eylül 2011, 12:53