11 killed in Mosul, Baghdad (Lead)

September 3rd, 2008 - 12:02 am ICT by IANS  

Baghdad, Sep 2 (DPA) Seven people were killed in a car bombing in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Tuesday, while in Baghdad twin bomb attacks left four dead.In Mosul, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near an Iraqi army checkpoint in the eastern al-Quds neighbourhood, killing seven people and wounding seven.

Despite having a significant Kurdish population, the city does not constitute part of the area controlled by the Kurdistan regional government.

In Baghdad, twin attacks that targeted police patrols left four people dead and 14 injured, the Voice of Iraq (VOI) news agency reported.

Another attack took place in al-Harithiya neighbourhood, western Baghdad, when a bomb exploded near an Iraqi police patrol vehicle. Two were killed and six wounded.

Earlier, in central Baghdad, a policeman and a civilian were killed and eight civilians were injured in a blast near the Kendi Hospital.

In Kirkuk, the city’s deputy governor Rakan Said survived an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb went off near the Baghdad bus station, an official told VOI.

Rifts over the status of the multi-ethnic city, with a population of Kurds, Arabs, and Turkmen, have resulted in lawmakers failing to pass legislation on provincial elections.

Kurds, claiming a majority of the city’s population, currently hold more than half the seats in the Kirkuk council. Arabs and Turkmen oppose any integration of the city into autonomous Kurdistan.

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