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Explosion in Sulaimaniya injures two PKK members amid tensions

Explosion in Sulaimaniya injures two PKK members amid tensions

Two members of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were seriously wounded on Tuesday in an explosion in a car in the city of Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, police and security sources said. Police cordoned off the area and immediately launched an investigation to determine the cause of the explosion, two security sources said.

It was unclear whether the explosion was caused by a bomb attached to the car or an explosion in the fuel tank, police sources said. However, one security source said the explosion was caused by a bomb placed in the PKK members’ car.

Iraq said on Monday it had arrested three people linked to the PKK on suspicion of planning attacks across the country, including on a key oil export pipeline in the north. The PKK, which has bases around northern Iraq, is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. The group launched an insurgency in southeastern Turkey in 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people.

Turkish forces regularly carry out raids in neighboring Iraq as part of an offensive against PKK militants based there. Iraq has stepped up pressure on the PKK since a visit by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to Baghdad in April.

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