Iraq suicide bomb at Kurdish political rally kills 30

Iraq suicide bomb at Kurdish political rally kills 30

Iraq suicide bomb at Kurdish political rally kills 30

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

29 Apr, 2014 | 12:35 am

A suicide bombing at a rally in north-eastern Iraq has killed 30 people, security officials say.

The attack took place at a political gathering in the town of Khanaqin, which has a large Kurdish population.

At least 50 others were injured in the blast, reports said.

Iraqis are voting in the country’s first parliamentary election since the withdrawal of US troops almost three years ago, but it comes amid the worst unrest since 2008.

People at the rally had gathered to watch television footage of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, casting his vote in Germany.

Mr Talabani suffered a stroke in December 2012 and has been receiving treatment in Germany.

“The attacker snuck among the crowds near the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s [Mr Talabani’s party] headquarters and blew himself up, causing a tragic massacre,” one police officer said in quotes carried by Reuters news agency.

The attack was one of several suicide bombings on Monday, which killed a total of 57 people, AFP news agency reported.

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