Kurd-Shi'ite clashes in northern Iraq kill 2

By REUTERS
April 24, 2016 10:25

BAGHDAD - Clashes between Kurdish and Shi'ite Turkmen paramilitary forces broke out late on Saturday in northern Iraq, killing at least two fighters and cutting a strategic road between Baghdad and the oil city of Kirkuk, security sources said.

The violence in Tuz Khurmatu, about 175 km (110 miles) north of the capital, has become a near monthly occurrence between the armed groups, uncomfortable allies against Islamic State since driving the jihadist militants out of towns and villages in the area in 2014.

Saturday's violence began just before midnight when a small explosion near the local headquarters of two rival political parties sparked clashes between the communities in neighborhoods across the district, according to security sources.


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