Bomb blasts in three towns and villages located in a region claimed by both the national government of Iraq and the autonomous Kurdish region have left at least 11 people dead.
Two separate blasts struck a Shi’ite district in Tuz Khurmato, leaving at least four dead and 24 injured. In a Shabak minority area close to the city of Mosul a truck bomb killed seven. A car bomb also exploded in another village close to Mosul, but there were to casualties in this blast.
There have so far been no claims of responsibility for the attacks.
This oil-rich area in northern Iraq is claimed by both the Shi’ite led national government in Baghdad and the Kurdish autonomous region. Tensions in this area threatened war last month when both administrations sent large numbers of troops into the area to reinforce their positions.