Blasts kill 2 Kurdish army recruits in Iraq's disputed area

December 16, 2012 16:46

BAGHDAD, - Bombs planted inside a car killed two Kurdish Peshmerga military recruits on Sunday in a disputed region of northern Iraq where Baghdad and autonomous Kurdistan are caught up in a military stand-off.

Baghdad's Arab-led central government and the Kurdistan region are embroiled in a long-running dispute over oil and land and both dispatched troops last month to the so-called "Disputed Territories" over which both claim jurisdiction.

No one claimed responsibility for Sunday's bombing in the ethnically mixed town of Jalawla, 115 km (70 miles), northeast of Baghdad, near a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party (PUK) office when Kurds were being recruited into Peshmerga forces.

"We were waiting to be recruited in the Peshmerga and then there was a big sound of an explosion and a shock wave," said Cerwan Mohammed Ameen, 26, one of 12 wounded by the blast.

"I woke up later to find myself in the hospital and I saw my friends near me," said Ameen, who had burn wounds on his legs.

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