Two people killed in Kirkuk blasts, says health ministry

A wounded boy receives treatment in Kirkuk hospital.

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SULAIMANI — The Iraqi Ministry of Health said on Friday (May 31) two people were killed and 38 others were wounded in the blasts hit Kirkuk on Thursday night.

Health ministry’s spokesman Saif Badr said in a statement that several wounded were still under surveillance in Kirkuk hospital due to their critical injuries.

Six improvised explosive devices (IED) went off in Kirkuk and two more were defused by security forces, the Iraqi military said in a statement.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Islamic State (ISIS) militants are active in the area, despite its military defeat. Iraq declared victory over the group, which once held large swathes of the country, in December 2017.

Commander of Kirkuk Operations Command Saad Harbiya said ISIS militants were behind the explosions.

(NRT Digital Media)