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Car bomb hits Kurdish refugee camp in Makhmur, northern Iraq

The camp is home to some 12,500 people from southeastern Turkey [AFP]

Date of publication: 6 December, 2017

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A car bomb on Wednesday caused deaths in a Kurdish area of Iraq's northern Nineveh province, an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said.
A car bomb on Wednesday targeted a Kurdish refugee in Iraq's northern Nineveh province, home to Kurds from Turkey who moved there three decades ago, a party official said.

The attack left at least three people killed and seven injured, initial reports said.

"A car bomb exploded around 7:30 pm (1630 GMT) in the Shahid Rustum camp, two kilometres (one mile) east of the town of Makhmur, killing and wounding people," an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said.

The attack has left a "large number" of casualties are reported, Rizgar Mustafa, the mayor of Makhmur told Rudaw.

The camp centre was also damaged in the attack, Mustafa added.

It is home to some 12,500 people from southeastern Turkey, supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) which Turkey considers a terrorist group.

Control of Makhmur is disputed between Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region and Baghdad.

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