A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of mourners in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 50 people, a police officer said. The man detonated an explosives vest in the crowd in the Sunni Arab village of Bu Mohammed, 120km south of the oil city of Kirkuk, at about 11am local time, Captain Abdullah Jassim said.
A suicide truck bomber ripped the heart out of a northern Iraqi village on Saturday, killing at least 105 people and demolishing dozens of homes and shops, police and medics said. Officials were stunned by the scale of the blast, which devastated the main market in Emerli, a small rural community of people from Iraq's Shi'ite Turkmen minority.
Northern Iraq's oilfields are a prime target for rebels looking to disrupt the country's economy, but now local authorities have come up with innovative ways of getting the vital liquid flowing. Oil installations and pipelines around the northern hub of Kirkuk have been targeted by at least 290 acts of sabotage since Saddam Hussein fell in April 2003.
Bomb attacks in northern Iraq killed at least 30 people and wounded 88 on Tuesday, as the Kurdish autonomous region installed former rebel leader Massoud Barzani as its first president. The deadliest attack killed at least 20 people in a crowd of civil servants outside a bank in the northern oil city of Kirkuk.