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Bomb attack in Iraqi city of Kirkuk kills 31

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 01:02

July 13 - At least 31 people are killed in a bomb attack at a tea house in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Sunita Rappai reports.

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The bloody aftermath of a bomb blast in the ethnically mixed Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The attack killed at least 31 people on Friday, according to police and medics. The blast tore through a cafe where people had gathered after breaking their fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EYEWITNESS, MAHMOUD HASHIM, SAYING: "We were just sitting in the cafe when a man wearing an explosive belt walked past and all of a sudden blew himself up. There is no government." The violence is part of a campaign of militant attacks since the start of the year, prompting warnings of wider conflict in a country where ethnic Kurds and Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable power-sharing compromise. No one has claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, but insurgents have been regaining strength in recent months.

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Bomb attack in Iraqi city of Kirkuk kills 31

Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 01:02