Iraq has been hit by more suicide bombings, one in Karbala and another in a Kurdish part of the town of Kirkuk. At least eight people died and dozens were injured in an explosion near Kirkuk bus terminal. The terminal served several Kurdish towns in northern Iraq.
Kirkuk is a volatile oil town claimed by both Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds. There have been frequent shootings and roadside bombings.
Analysts have warned of a bloodbath in Kirkuk unless its status is settled soon. But a referendum set for the end of the year may have to be delayed.
In Baghdad gunmen have kidnapped a number of tribal leaders on their way back to their home town of Diyala after a meeting with officials from the Iraqi prime minister’s office. They belonged to a council hostile to Al-Qaeda.