attacks leave over 40 dead across Iraq

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-Security and police officials say at least 41 people have been killed when multiple bomb explosions ripped through several cities in conflict-stricken Iraq.

On Saturday, three car bombs killed 21 people and wounded 118 others in the northern city of Kirkuk, situated 236 kilometers (147 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad.

Two of the bombs went off near buildings under construction that were used as observation positions by Kurdish security forces, while the third struck the entrance to a market.

Earlier in the day, a bomber blew his explosives-laden car outside an intelligence headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 11 people.

A second bomber drove his car into a gathering of Shia volunteers and Iraqi soldiers near the city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Baghdad, killing nine people there.

Two civilians were also injured in a blast in the Kurdish city of Erbil.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks, but they bore the hallmarks of Takfiri militants.

Meanwhile, United Nations Iraq envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, has warned that Shia Turkmen residents of the northern Iraqi town of Amerli, which is besieged by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, could face massacre if urgent action is not taken to rescue them.

The ISIL terrorists have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their advances in Iraq.

They have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have taken, including the mass execution of civilians as well as Iraqi army troops and officers.

The Iraqi army, backed by thousands of volunteers, is engaged in fierce fighting with the ISIL militants to push them out of the captured areas.

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