Fuel tanker bomb kills nine in Iraq's Tikrit

By REUTERS
April 1, 2013 12:12

Tikrit- At least nine people were killed and 17 others wounded on Monday when insurgents detonated an oil tanker packed with explosives inside a governmental compound in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, police said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Sunni Muslim insurgents tied to al-Qaida have been redoubling their efforts to undermine Iraq's Shi'ite-led government and foment inter-communal conflict this year.

The blast exploded in central Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad, 15 minutes after insurgents drove the tanker inside a compound housing governmental administrative offices. It killed nine people including seven policemen.


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