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More than 30 dead in café bomb attack in Iraqi city of Kirkuk


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More than 30 dead in café bomb attack in Iraqi city of Kirkuk

More than 30 people have been killed in a bomb attack on a café in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

The explosion happened as people gathered after breaking their fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The ethnically mixed oil-rich city has seen an increase in militant attacks this year.

The area is one of Iraq’s most disputed territories, split between supporters of the Shi’ite-led central government in Baghdad and ethnic Kurds who want the city included as part of their autonomous region in the north.

The war in neighbouring Syria has added to the tension. Insurgents have been recruiting from Iraq’s Sunni minority who resent Shi’ite domination since the US-led invasion in 2003.

Dozens of people have been killed in bomb and gun attacks across Iraq since Thursday.

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