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Ten People Were Killed by Kirkuk Bomb Terror

Posted February. 23, 2004 22:40,   


A threat has built up in Kirkuk, Iraq, where the Zitoon troops of the Korean military will be dispatched to in two months, such as a car bomb and terror attack. The civil war crisis between the Kurdish and the Arab has also been heightened.

On February 23, due to the suicide car bomb terror attack at the Rahimawa police station, located in Kurd nearby Kirkuk, 10 policemen were killed and 42 people were wounded. Foreign telegrams stated that two terrorists rushed towards the police station, where 400 policemen were in communication, with a car filled with bombs. Since there were many seriously wounded people, it seems that the number of deaths will increase.

On February 21, the civil defense corps of Kirkuk was attacked by the insurgents.

According to the report of AFP, Kirkuk, where nearly 200 Iraqis were killed by insurgents in February, is one of the most damaged cities in Iraq.

Asharq Alawsat, a pan-Iraqi newspaper on the other hand, reported the heightened possibility of a civil war, grounded on the fact that the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) are planning to make Kirkuk the capital of the Kurd’s autonomous district.

While the Kurdish insists that Kirkuk is historically their land, the Arabs are maintaining their position that it is unpardonable. Both the Kurdish and the Arabs have a civil defense corps, armed with heavy weapons.

Ho-Gab Lee gdt@donga.com