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3 killed in suicide car bombing near US Consulate in Erbil

By Rudaw 17/4/2015

A suicide car bomb struck near the US Consulate in Erbil on Friday, killing two civilians and the attacker and injuring eight others, including an American woman, the district police chief said.

The large explosion occurred at 5:40 pm, a busy time in the Christian neighborhood of Ainkawa popular with Westerners. The explosive-laden car detonated outside the heavily guarded gates of the US Consulate and compound that houses diplomats and staff.

Gunfire erupted for several minutes  after the blast but has since stopped, witnesses told Rudaw. 

According to initial reports, security guards tried to stop an attacker, possibly in a vehicle, when the explosive detonated. 

A source at nearby Rojhalat Hospital confirmed the deaths and the injury to a US citizen. 

A US official has been quoted saying US Consulate personnel are all unharmed and accounted for.


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Kurdish Nationalism > Islam | 17/4/2015
The muslims did it! Close 95% of the mosques. They only breed terrorists and preach hatred! They have nothing good to offer.
Duman | 17/4/2015
Wow you can't be safe anywhere anymore.. Now Arbil is gonna attack? Nobody is safe anymore I'm a USA citizen I hope no American were hurts or Kurds I feel awful😢
Bakir Lashkari
Bakir Lashkari | 17/4/2015
The American should only send arms and heavy weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga's as soon as possible!
Flaminco | 17/4/2015
Take in 1 million Arabs in Kurdistan and cross your fingers it will be OK, now let's if the leadership will take off the gloves when it comes to those religious leaders that don't stand up when our national anthem is played, they are the insperation for this.
bain | 17/4/2015
It was almost a block away from the American consulate, they probably couldn't get close enough, well done security forces. It's of course tragic for those 3 that lost their lives, our condolences to their families.

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