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 Mosul: Suicide car bomb attack kills four near the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office

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Mosul: Suicide car bomb attack kills four near the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office  27.1.2009

January 27, 2009

Ninewa, Northwest Iraq
, —  A suicide car bomber struck near the office of a Kurdish KDP party in the city of Mosul Tuesday, killing four security members and wounding five others, a provincial police source said.

According to Aswat al-Iraq new agency “The dead were three soldiers and an army officer,” the source explained. “A member of Kurdish Peshmerga forces was also wounded,” the source added, providing no further details.

A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-borne vehicle into a checkpoint outside the office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the Faisaliyah neighborhood in eastern Mosul, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The KDP is headed by Massoud Barzani, president of Kurdistan region, which rules the autonomous region in Iraq's north.

The attack took place four days before the country's landmark provincial elections which are expected to redistribute power among conflicting Iraqi factions.

Iraqi security forces became suspicious of the vehicle, which blew up as a team approached to inspect it, an army officer said.

The officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information, said two soldiers and a civilian also were wounded.

Hisham al-Gourani, a KDP official in Mosul, said to AP the explosion took place about 100 yards (90 meters) from the KDP office but the Kurds suffered no casualties.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred amid rising tension as the Kurds have been jockeying for power primarily with Sunni Arabs in Saturday's provincial elections.

Nineveh province, is said to be one of the last strongholds of al-Qaida fighters in the war-torn country.

Mosul, capital city of Ninewa province in Iraq, near the border with Kurdistan region, lies 405 km north of Baghdad. A Kurdish Yazidis are primarily ethnic Kurds located near Mosul. Some 350,000 Yazidis live in villages around Mosul near Kurdistan autonomous region border.

Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution states that there will be a referendum in the areas bordering the Kurdistan autonomous region, including the northern oil city of Kirkuk, so that people can choose whether to be ruled by the central government or the Kurds.

History of attacks on Kurdistan democratic party KDP in 2007-2009 by Islamic terrorist groups:

January 27, 2009, in Mosul, a suicide car bomb attack kills four near Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office.

April 14, 2008, in Mosul, 12 Kurdish Peshmerga guards were killed in a car bomb strike.

March, 16, 2008, is Mosul a bomb attack targets Kurdish KDP party office.

November 7, 2007 at least 17 people were injured Wednesday by a suicide bomber who targeted the headquarters of a Kurdish KDP political party in Kirkuk city.

October 10, 2007 in Mosul a suicide bombing targeted a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) office, left two dead and 16 wounded.

May 13, 2007 a car bomb targets Kurdish party in Makhmour city kills 50 people and wounded 115 in Kurdistan region

April 23, 2007 a car bomb near the offices of a Kurdish political party in a mainly Christian village of northern Iraq killed at least 10 people and wounded 20.

January 1, 2007 a suicide car bomber killed at least five people and wounded 28 more in an attack on an office of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the northern city of Mosul.

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