WASHINGTON — Several bombs went off in the capital city of Iraq’s Kurdistan, or where Kurds have carved out an autonomous region in the northern part of the country.
Reuters reported that at least 6 people were killed and 36 were wounded yesterday when two car bombs went off and gunfire was exchanged in the city of Arbil.
Kurdistan had avoided the widespread and escalating violence in the majority of Iraq up until yesterday. It is the first type of attack in the Kurdish region since 2007. Most of the attacks in Iraq were conducted as an anti-Sunni Islam war against Shi’a Muslims by al-Qaeda affiliates and others operating in Iraq. No one claimed responsibility for the blasts in Kurdistan.
The Kurdish Regional Government also announced that five suicide bombers were killed before detonating their devices.