Iraqi officials: Car bombs, shootings kill 4

Associated Press
Iraqi firefighters hose down burned cars after a car bomb attack in Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Three people including two soldiers died and several others were wounded Monday in three attacks two car bombings and a shooting at a checkpoint in and around the city of Kirkuk, home to a combustible mix of Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Turkomen who all claim rights to the city. (AP Photo/Emad Matti)
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BAGHDAD (AP) — A string of insurgent attacks including a pair of car bombs in an ethnically divided northern city killed four people across Iraq on Tuesday, police said.

Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir, police commander of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, said back-to-back detonations of a parked car bomb and a roadside bomb in a parking lot near the provincial council building killed one civilian and injured 15.

Another parked car bomb went off in a residential area in the same city and wounded five civilians, he added.

Kirkuk, 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of Baghdad, is home to a combustible mix of Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Turkomen who all claim rights to the city.

Earlier, gunmen in a speeding car attacked an Iraqi army check point in the city of Tuz Khormato outside Kirkuk, killing two soldiers and injuring two others, Qadir said. Tuz Khormato is located 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

In Baghdad, gunmen staged a drive-by shooting against a civilian car in a southern suburb, killing an army officer and wounding three others, according to police. A medical official confirmed the causalities.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

The attacks came as U.N. envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, arrived in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other officials to discuss the neighboring country's worsening civil war. Brahimi is touring the region in an attempt to help resolve the Syrian crisis.

Violence is down from 2006-2008 when Iraq seemed close to civil war, but deadly attacks still take place almost daily.

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