More than 80 people have died in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Police warn the death toll could rise. Almost 200 others were wounded. Most of the casualties were caused by a suicide truck bomb. It detonated near the offices of the Kurdish political party led by Iraq’s President Jalal Talabani. Many buildings collapsed, with bodies said to be buried in the rubble.
Dozens of cars were set on fire. Passengers trapped inside a bus reportedly burned to death. Over recent months, Kirkuk has become increasingly violent. Insurgents are thought to be moving north, fleeing US offensives in Baghdad. At least one other blast hit Kirkuk today, the bloodshed raising tension in a mixed city shared by Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds. Relations between them have been strained recently by political developments, with plans for a referendum on the province’s future status.