One dead in Iraq's Kirkuk in suicide bombing near ballot box store, days before recount
One person was killed in Iraq’s Kirkuk on Sunday when a suicide car bomb went off near a storage site housing ballot boxes from a May national election, police sources said, two days before a manual recount was due to begin, Reuters reported.
Another 20 people were wounded in the explosion. The warehouse holding the ballot boxes was not damaged, the sources said.
Iraq’s parliamentary election in May was clouded by allegations of fraud. On Saturday a judges’ panel announced that a recount of votes mandated by the Iraqi parliament and the courts was to kick off on Tuesday, starting with Kirkuk.
The driver detonated the vehicle before reaching the entrance of the warehouse after officers guarding the facility opened fire, the police sources said.