Car bomb strikes Erbil

The normally secure capital of Kurdistan was jolted by an attack on a Peshmerga officer.
Car bomb strikes Erbil
Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers man a checkpoint in Kirkuk, 80 kilometers south of the regional capital of Erbil. (AKO RASHEED/Reuters)

ERBIL - In a rare instance of violence, a Peshmerga officer was targeted in a car bomb attack Tuesday morning in the Kurdistan regional capital of Erbil.

At around 9 a.m. the bomb detonated in the Kasnazan area east of downtown Erbil, according to people within earshot of the explosion. It is the first known bombing in Erbil, normally a haven of security and low violent crime, since a similar incident in August 2012.

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