Gunmen kill five Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq

July 21, 2013 23:11

KIRKUK, Iraq - Gunmen killed five members of the Kurdish security forces at a checkpoint in northern Iraq on Sunday, bringing the day's death toll from bombings and shootings across the whole country to 14.

The attacks are the latest in a campaign of violence that has raised fears of a return to full-blown sectarian conflict in a country where Kurds, Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable way of sharing power.

The checkpoint attack took place in al-Zad, a town near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. In a separate attack, gunmen attacked a police checkpoint in the northern city of Mosul on Sunday, killing two people.

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