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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

80 Killed in Kirkuk Bombings

KIRKUK, Iraq -- A suicide bomber detonated a truck bomb Monday near a Kurdish political party's offices in Kirkuk, followed by two other car bomb blasts, in a coordinated attack that killed more than 80 people and wounded more than 150, police said.

The attack was believed to be the deadliest in Kirkuk -- a city of deep tensions between Kurds and Arabs -- since the four-year Iraq conflict began. It came as Sunni insurgents are believed to be moving north.

The massive explosion from the truck bomb at around noon left a 10-meter-deep crater and damaged part of the roof of the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the party of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.

The main street outside the office was left strewn with blackened husks of cars, and at least 10 shops were damaged, as well as part of the fence of the nearby Kirkuk Castle, a historic fortress that is one of the city's most prominent landmarks. The blast killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 183, police Brigadier Burhan Tayeb Taha said.

Twenty minutes later, a car bomb exploded about 700 meters away in an outdoor market frequented by Kurds, said Kirkuk's police chief, Major General Jamal Tahir. The market was largely empty after the first attack, and the explosion caused only several injuries.

The third blast occurred several hours later, when a car bomb exploded in the Domiz region of southern Kirkuk, killing a police officer and wounding six other policemen, Tahir said.