A suicide car bomber killed at least three people in an attack on Kurdish offices in Iraq on Thursday, hours after a US-backed local Council was hit by another blast. An explosion rocked an area near the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in Kirkuk. In the aftermath, black smoke rose from two wrecked cars. ‘‘I am 100 per cent sure it was a suicide bombing,’’ said police officer Shwan Majid Karim.
Hours earlier, a car bomb blast struck the offices of a US-appointed local Council in Ramadi. Officials said two people were killed and seven wounded in what was a suicide attack. ‘‘A car filled with explosives came fast. The driver blew himself up in the car,’’ a resident said. The blast in Kirkuk, flattened a wall around the PUK office and shattered windows at a nearby school. A US officer at the scene confirmed three people were killed plus the suicide bomber, but said the death toll was likely to rise. The spate of attacks — there were also unconfirmed reports of blasts in Mosul — were a reminder of how uncertain Iraq remains more than seven months after US troops overthrew Saddam Hussein. (Reuters)