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At least 17 wounded in bomb blast in Iraq's Kirkuk

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At least 17 people were wounded on Thursday after a bomb went off in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, local police and hospital sources said.


The blast in the early evening struck a crowded passenger bus as it drove through the city centre.


There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although ISIS militants are active in the area. In December 2017, Iraq declared victory over the group, which once controlled large swathes of the country.


But ISIS has since switched to hit-and-run attacks aimed at undermining the Baghdad government.


Its fighters have regrouped in the Hemrin mountain range in the northeast, which extends from Diyala province on the border with Iran across northern Salahuddin province and into southern Kirkuk.


On Tuesday, four Iraqi federal policemen were killed after a bomb went off southwest of Kirkuk, two security sources told Reuters. It followed an attack on Monday on a village 65 km (40 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, which killed three residents.

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