Deadly explosions shake Kirkuk

A number of explosions hit Kirkuk city late on Thursday, killing three people and injuring at least 16. Speaking on Rudaw TV, the head of Kirkuk Operations Saad Harbya said the situation is under control.

He blamed the Islamic State (ISIS) for trying to “retaliate against the harsh attacks by Iraqi forces.”

Security forces in Kirkuk inspect the aftermath after a string of explosions rocked the disputed city on the night of May 30, 2019. Photo: Rudaw video

For nearly two months, Iraqi Security Forces have been conducting anti-ISIS clearing operations, primarily in southern Kirkuk.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) detonated around 10 p.m. (local time).

Rudaw’s correspondent in Kirkuk said three people have died and 18 were wounded, including a high-ranking police officer.Iraqi Security Media Cell later confirmed the explosion in a statement that six IEDs exploded in Kirkuk and security forces “defused” two others.

“These attacks took place in the streets of Quds, [near] the governor’s office and Baghdad Road in Kirkuk province, injuring two people,” it said.

The area is a popular commercial area where many malls and nightlife spots are located.

A Google Map shows the approximate location of one of the explosions in Kirkuk on May 30, 2019.

The media cell added in a separate statement that three people were initially killed and 16 were injured.

No group immediately claimed the attacks.

Kirkuk is a disputed or Kurdistani city claimed by Erbil and Baghdad.

Since the events of October 17, 2016, Iraqi federal forces have held its security portfolio.