More than 50 people have been killed in a suicide attack on a packed restaurant near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The bomber activated an explosives belt in the middle of a room full of men, women and children.
The Abdullah restaurant is known for welcoming Kirkuk’s different ethnic groups – Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmens. At least one of those killed was said to be a Kurdish official, eating with other politicians after a meeting to discuss inter-community tensions. Around 100 people were injured in the blast that shattered the calm surrounding the major Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. It is Iraq’s most deadly attack in six months.