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10 killed in twin Iraq suicide bombings: officials

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Kirkuk, Iraq: Two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a tent packed with protesters in north Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 55 others, officials said.

The attackers struck at around mid-day in the ethnically-mixed town of Tuz Khurmatu, interim town mayor Talib al-Bayati said. A doctor confirmed the toll.

Among the dead were a former deputy provincial governor and his two sons.

The protesters had been rallying over poor security in the town, which is regularly hit with attacks.

Tuz Khurmatu lies within a tract of territory that Iraqi Kurdistan wants to incorporate into its three-province region over Baghdad's objections.

The unresolved dispute over the territory, which stretches from Iraq's eastern border with Iran to its western frontier with Syria, is cited by diplomats as one of the biggest threats to the country's long-term stability.

PTI

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