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Twin suicide bombs kill Iraqi Turkmen protesting over security

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Twin suicide bombs kill Iraqi Turkmen protesting over security


Two suicide bombers in northern Iraq have killed several people as Iraqi Turkmen protested over what they saw as a lack of security.

The attackers walked into a camp on the main road between Baghdad and Kirkuk at Tuz Khurmato, 170 kilometres north of the capital. Protesters had gathered following an earlier fatal bombing in the town to demand better protection for the ethnic minority from the government.

A first blast ripped through a tent, followed by a second as people tried to take the wounded to hospital. Some reports say around 20 people including city officials have been killed.

Tuz Khurmato is an ethnically-mixed and territorially-disputed area where Kurds, Arab Sunnis and Shi’ite Turkmen rub shoulders.

Some of the injured were taken to Kirkuk, 90 kilometres to the north.

This latest attack comes amid increasing sectarian violence. Iraq is experiencing its bloodiest period for several years. More than 1,000 people were killed last month alone.

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