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Car bomb kills 3 in Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk

A car bomb explosion has killed three civilians and wounded nine in Iraq’s Kirkuk.

According to Press TV, a security official said the blast apparently targeted stores and caused damage to them and sparked a fire in three vehicles.

Kirkuk is the capital of the oil-rich province of the same name. An Iraqi interior ministry statement described the attack as “terrorist aggression.”

Meanwhile, in another development, Iraqi government forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have liberated Akashat town near border with Syria from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

The Iraqi forces launched a multi-pronged operation earlier on Saturday to dislodge Daesh terrorists from an area on the border with Syria, south of the Euphrates River.

Lieutenant General Abdul-Amir Yarallah stated that the offensive to liberate the town of Akashat, located 420 kilometers west of Baghdad, was aimed at securing border regions and the area north of the vital highway that linked the Iraqi capital to neighboring Jordan and Syria.