One woman was killed and 17 other passengers injured when twin blasts struck two public buses in downtown Kirkuk on Thursday, just a month after a string of explosions rocked the disputed city.
The first improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on board a bus in Companies’ Street, killing one woman and injuring four other passengers.
The second IED blast struck another bus near the city center, injuring twelve.
Both Toyota Coaster buses were struck by IEDs, security officials confirmed in a Facebook statement – the first in the Rasa Jisir area and the second closer to Celebration Square.
Dr. Karim Wali, director of Kirkuk’s Health Department, confirmed to Rudaw that 18 people had been caught in the blasts, but did not confirm the fatality. Those injured had mostly suffered burns, he said. One person is in a critical condition