As many as 20 people are dead after a bomb attack in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil. This on the day the US vice president, Dick Cheney, arrived in the capital for an official visit. In the latest attack, which also left some 40 people injured, a truck packed with explosives was used.
The blast happened not far from an interior ministry office. Observers say bomb attacks have been extremely rare in the northern Kurdish region since the US invasion. Ethnic Kurds are part of Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government and are seen as strong allies of the US.