A car bomb has exploded in the ethnically-mixed Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing one and injuring six others.
The bloodshed is the latest in a sustained campaign of militant attacks in the country since the beginning of the year.
Sectarian tensions in the area are high as the civil war in Syria, draws Iraqi Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims to fight on opposite sides of the conflict.
Today’s violence follows a bloody day in Iraq on Sunday with as many as 24 people being killed in bomb blasts in mainly Shi’ite provinces.
A suicide bomber blew up at least four people in Shi’ite Mosque in the town of Mussayab.
There are fears that Iraq is sliding back into full-blown conflict.
At least 300 people have been killed in Iraq in July alone.