TribLIVE

| USWorld

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Suicide bomber hits Iraqi cafe, killing 38

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By The Associated Press
Friday, July 12, 2013, 9:03 p.m.
 

BAGHDAD — A suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a crowded coffee shop late Friday in Kirkuk, killing at least 38 and wounding more than two dozen in the latest in a string of bloody attacks pounding Iraq since the start of the holy month of Ramadan this week.

Iraq is being rocked by its deadliest and most sustained wave of bloodshed in half a decade. More than 2,600 people have been killed since the start of April, raising fears that the country is once again edging toward the brink of civil war a decade since Saddam Hussein was toppled in the U.S.-led invasion.

Another suicide bomber and a shooting elsewhere in the country killed five members of the security forces, bringing the day's toll to 43.

The late-night blast ripped through the Classico Cafe in Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, as patrons were enjoying tea and water pipes hours after the sunset meal that breaks the daylong Ramadan fast, police officials said.

The city is a flash point for ethnic tensions, with its mix of Arabs, Kurds and Turkomen holding competing claims to claims for control of the oil-rich area.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the Kirkuk blast or other attacks in recent days.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Comets hold life building blocks
  2. Senate to grill United Nations agency chief Amano on Iran nuclear pact
  3. Firebombing kills Palestinian toddler, wounds family; Jewish settlers blamed
  4. ISIS suspected in abduction of Indian citizens in Libya
  5. Experimental Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa
  6. Dissension cracks Taliban leadership
  7. WikiLeaks says U.S. spied on another ally: Japan
  8. Turkey aims guns at Kurdish rebels
  9. Turkey joins fight against ISIS
  10. Defense secretary touts success of Kurdish fighters in war on ISIS
  11. Libyans on death sentences for Gadhafi’s son, others: ‘Who cares?’