Iraq police HQ blast 'kills 33'

A suicide bomber driving a car and gunmen disguised as police killed at least 33 people in Iraq's Kirkuk when they tried to storm a city police headquarters, police sources told Reuters.

Aftermath of Iraq suicide attack as 33 reported dead

Video of the immediate aftermath of a suicide attack on a police headquarters in northern Iraq has been released.

Showing cars and building badly damaged by the blast and a huge crater in the centre of the road, emergency services can be seen trying to help the injured.

Some reports have put the death toll from the attack at 33 people.

'At least 33 dead' in attack on police HQ in Iraqi city

Police sources told Reuters that at least 33 people were killed by a suicide bomber driving a car and gunmen disguised as police stormed a police headquarters in Kirkuk, northern Iraq.

Kirkuk, a religiously and ethnically mixed area of Arabs, Kurds and Turkman, is at the heart of a dispute over oil and land between Baghdad's central government and the autonomous Kurdistan enclave in the north.

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.

Advertisement

Suicide bomber attack on police headquarters in Iraq

At least one suicide bomber driving a car and gunmen disguised in police uniforms attacked a police headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police sources told Reuters.

Initial reports of casualties were unclear. One police official said as many as 30 people could have been killed, but hospital officials in the city said they had received so far only one dead and 50 wounded.

Kirkuk, an ethnically mixed city of Arabs, Kurds and Turkman, is at the heart of a dispute over oil and land rights between Baghdad's central government and the autonomous Kurdistan enclave in the north.