Reporting from Kirkuk, Iraq, and Baghdad — Three car bombs exploded Wednesday in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing seven people and wounding 67, Iraqi police said.
The assaults were a combination of timed bombs and a suicide attack that occurred nearly simultaneously at midmorning.
The first car bomb blew up as a police patrol passed. The second bombing was a suicide attack outside the front checkpoint for the headquarters for Kurdish intelligence. The third explosion took place not far from the compound's back side.
"The city hasn't witnessed explosions like this in seven months," said Khalil Abdullah, 52, who owns an ice cream shop near the Kurdish intelligence office. "We can't say that this place is 100% safe or that explosions will no longer happen."
The neighborhood, Tariq Baghdad, is primarily Arab despite the presence of the Kurdish security office.
Kirkuk remains in limbo, a region that is home to bounteous oil fields and is claimed by Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens. The sides have been unable to find a solution to the stalemate over the area's future.