WASHINGTON — A police intelligence headquarters and a shopping mall were attacked this past Wednesday in the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk, which killed 11 people and wounding at least 70 others.
Reuters reported that two suicide bombers took hostages in the shopping mall and took 15 shoppers as hostages, armed with sniper rifles. After fighting with police, one detonated his suicide bomb and another was killed by Kurdish security forces who relieved the police.
One hostage was injured in the gun battle.
Another attack hit a police intelligence office in Kirkuk and killed at least 6 people. No one claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks, but it could be the Sunni Muslim, al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists that are trying to undermine the Shi’a-controlled Iraqi government.
There have been multiple attacks on Iraqis over the past year as the Syrian civil war has escalated, due to the porous Syria-Iraq border and general instability of the country.