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Car bombs in Iraq's Kirkuk kills nine people

Iraqis inspect the scene of a car bomb explosion outside the Shiite Mustafa prayer hall, or Husseiniya, in the southwest of the northern Kurdish controlled Iraqi city of Kirkuk August 7, 2014. (AFP Photo/Marwan Ibrahim)

KIRKUK, Iraq: Two car bombs killed nine people in the Kurdish-held Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk Thursday, police and medical sources said.

The explosions near a Shiite mosque holding displaced people came after an offensive launched by Islamic State fighters which has routed Kurdish forces in northern Iraq and caused tens of thousands of people to flee.

 

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