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More than 100 dead or wounded in suicide blasts in Iraqi Kurdish city

Suicide bombers killed or injured more than 100 people in northern Iraq in attacks on two rival Kurdish political offices packed with people celebrating a Muslim holiday. There was chaos in the normally peaceful city of Arbil after the near simultaneous blasts struck the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) buildings during festivities to mark the start of the Eid al-Adha feast. Among the dead were Arbil governor Akram Menten, the KDP party’s number three Sami Abdul Rahman, and senior member Saad Abdullah, a KDP official said. Senior PUK official Shahwan Abbas was also believed killed. Witnesses said the bombers wearing belts of explosives were able to take advantage of lax security as locals arrived to congratulate Kurdish chiefs on the first day of Eid. Full Story

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