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 Car bomb Explodes outside luxury hotel in Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan

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Car bomb Explodes outside luxury hotel in Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan  10.3.2008


March 10, 2008

Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq',--  Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq',-- A suicide car bomber blew himself up outside a hotel in Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province on Monday, killing one person and wounding up to 30 people in a rare attack in the relatively stable Kurdish north, officials and witnesses said.

A local doctor said 30 wounded people had been admitted to hospital, but Kurdish television said the number in hospital was 26.     

Sulaimaniyah Palace, Iraq's Kurdistan region. photo:Ekurd.net
The explosion took place in front of the Sulaimaniyah Palace Hotel in Sulaimaniyah city, the provincial capital, a Reuters witness said. The hotel is the biggest in the province and a frequent meeting place for officials.

“The city’s security Chief Hassan Nouri was injured in the attack,” a police source said. Local residents said the explosion jolted the city and several ambulances were seen rushing to the scene.

The blast blew out the windows of the hotel and those of neighbouring buildings and damaged nearby cars, the witness said. Scores of people came into the street to see what had happened.

"The terrorists have changed all our happiness ... to tragedy," said crying housewife Touba Jamil, whose taxi driver husband was critically wounded in the blast.

Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan's cultural capital and one of the two largest cities in the normally peaceful autonomous Kurdistan region in 'north Iraq'.

Ansar al-Islam terrorist attacks in Kurdistan region (Iraq):

On March 10, 2008 a Car bomb Explodes outside luxury hotel in Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, killing one person and wounding up to 30.

Seven Kurdish border guards killed in Iraqi Kurdistan ambush by Ansar al-Islam terrorist group on July 16, 2007

In May 2005 a suicide bomber killed at least 60 people and wounded 150 more when he blew himself up at the office of a Kurdish party in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil

On May 9, 2007 a suicide truck bomber from Ansar al-Islam kills 19, wounds 70 in Iraqi Kurdistan's capital of Erbil, Kurdish Ansar al-Islam terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

May 13 was another bloody day for the Kurds, a suicide car bomb targeted the headquarters of the KDP party in Makhmour city in Kurdistan region killed at least 30 people and wounded 115 others including the city's mayor.
Nine members of Ansar al-Islam were arrested for these terrorist attacks. Security forces in Iraq’s Kurdistan autonomous region have arrested several followers of previously tolerated Islamist parties, accusing them of links to insurgents.

On February 26, 2007, Houzan Mahmoud, an international representative of MADRE's sister organization, the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, received a death threat by e-mail signed by Ansar al-Islam terrorist group. The death threat, delivered via e-mail, read, "With the permission of Great God, we will kill you either in Iraq or in London by the middle of March, because you are campaigning against Islam. You should be sent to God for punishment."

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