One killed, 12 injured in blast at Iraq non-violence conference
One person was killed and 12 injured on Sunday when a car bomb exploded outside Kirkuk University in northern Iraq as an international conference on non-violence was taking place, Iraqi police said, dpa reported.
The conference on "Violence and the culture of non-violence in Iraq" is the first of its kind, a university spokesperson told dpa. It is being held in cooperation with German and Dutch institutions, with delegates from various foreign countries taking part.
The bomb went off at the start of the conference, which was attended by politicians and local dignitaries. One security guard was killed and twelve people injured, including some university professors, Kirkuk local police chief Sirhan Qadir said.
"None of the foreign guests were injured in the explosion", Qadir added.
Both Iraq's central government and its autonomous Kurdish region want to control oil-producing Kirkuk.
There has been considerable tension in the city between local Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen populations.