3 Feb 2013

Suicide bomber and gunmen kill at least 33 in Iraq

9:05 pm on 3 February 2013

A suicide bomber and gunmen have attacked a police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing at least 33 people and wounding dozens of others.

A local official says militants had tried to seize the compound but were unsuccessful.

Reuters reports the Sunday morning blast wounded at least 70 more people and police said there were still bodies trapped under the collapsed debris of buildings after the attack in Kirkuk, 170 km north of the capital Baghdad.

Kirkuk is ethnically mixed, and at the centre of a dispute between the Iraqi government and Kurds over oil and land rights.