The offices of a Kurdish political party and security forces has been hit by a car bomb explosion followed by a suicide bombing, which has supposedly claimed the lives of 18 people, the police claim.
To add to that, blasts in the town of Jalawla, north of Baghdad, has also wounded 40 people. The car bomb reportedly went off quite close to an office of President Jalal Talabani´s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party and a Kurdish asayesh security forces building, according to police Captain Farhad Rifat.
It is believed that as the emergency workers came to the scene after the car bombing, the suicide bomber entered the PUK office and detonated explosives.
There is no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, however, it is speculated that a lot of suicide bombings are a tactic employed by Sunni muslim militants in Iraq.
Violence in the country has been at its highest level since 2006, and tens of thousands are being killed in the conflict between Iraq’s Shia majority and Sunni Arab minority. This year, over 4,500 people have already been killed, statistics reveal, of which, 900 were killed last month.
While external factors, particularly the civil war in Syria has been put to blame for the rising bloodshed in Iraq, analysts claim that the Sunni Arab anger with the Shia-led government is a major factor.