Thursday, September 10, 2009

Truck bomb in north Iraq Kurd village kills 20

Thursday, 10 September 2009, 03:17 EDT

A suicide bomber killed at least 20 villagers in northern Iraqi Kurdish village.

A suicide bomber drove a truck full of explosives into a Kurdish village in northern Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 20 villagers and fanning ethnic tension in a restive region, Iraqi police said.

The blast in the village of Wardek, about 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, wounded 27 people. It seemed calculated to stoke friction between Kurds and Arabs, whose politicians are embroiled in a dispute over claims to territory and oil.

Children were among the dead and at least 25 houses in the village were damaged or destroyed, police said.