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Three killed in bomb attack in Iraq city of Kirkuk
Updated: 2004-05-11 15:11

A bomb exploded in a crowded market in a Kurdish neighborhood of the northern Iraq oil city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing three people and wounding around 21, Iraqi police said.

Colonel Ahmed Slamrz said the attack occurred at around 9:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m. EDT) when the market was packed with shoppers. Kirkuk, a city claimed by three ethnic groups -- Kurds, Turkmen and Arabs -- has suffered persistent unrest in recent months.

A second police official said the bomb had been made of gas canisters and hidden near a road leading through the market. The blast brought down power cables, setting wooden stalls at the market ablaze, witnesses said.

The city's largely Kurdish police force has been the target of frequent attacks, as have the officials and offices of Kurdish political parties in the city.

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