In Iraq, at least four people have
been killed and several others wounded in an apparent suicide bombing at the
offices of a leading Kurdish party in the northern city of Kirkuk. The bombing
is just one of several attacks carried out across Iraq in the past 24 hours.
Police in Kirkuk say a driver in a car packed with explosives approached
a checkpoint near the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
The bomber blew himself up 200 meters away from the building, flattening
the walls of the compound and shattering windows at a nearby primary school.
Kurdish militiamen guarding the headquarters immediately apprehended four
suspects in the area of the blast.
The leader of the Kurdish party, Jalal Talabani, holds the rotating presidency
of Iraq's Interim Governing Council this month. Mr. Talabani was in neighboring
Turkey on an official visit.
Several-hours earlier, a car bomb exploded outside the home of a powerful
tribal leader in the town of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Sheik Amer Ali Suleiman
was not injured in the blast, but at least two of his relatives have reportedly
Mr. Suleiman is the leader of the Duleim tribe, one of the largest Sunni
Muslim tribes in Iraq. He has been working closely with coalition officials
and is a member of the U.S.-supervised city council in Ramadi.
The incident was one of five anti-coalition attacks to hit Ramadi on Wednesday.
The commander of U.S. forces in the area had been considering handing over
security responsibilities to the Ramadi police in the next two months, because
of improving security there.
Ramadi lies in the so-called Sunni Triangle where U.S. forces have come under
numerous daily attacks since they arrived in late April.
Meanwhile, in the southern city of Basra, representatives of the Assyrian
Democratic Movement party say one of its members on the local pro-coalition
municipal council has been abducted and killed. A statement from the group
says Sargoun Nanou Murado was kidnapped Tuesday on his way to work. His body
was discovered a day later.
The assassination is the second time this week an Iraqi working with coalition
authorities has been killed in southern Iraq. On Tuesday, gunmen shot and killed
the Education Ministry's director general for Diwaniyah province.
For the past several months, anti-coalition insurgents have killed several
high-profile politicians and community leaders who have cooperated with the
U.S.-led administration in Iraq. In September, assailants gunned down one of
the three women on the Interim Governing Council.