BBC NEWS Blast at Iraq restaurant kills 47 A suspected suicide bomber has killed at least 47 people at a restaurant near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, police say.
Around 102 people were injured in the explosion at the Kurdish restaurant, some 5km (three miles) north of the city, police told the BBC. The reason for the attack is not yet clear but Kirkuk is home to a mix of Kurds, Arabs and Turkmens. The blast came as Muslims celebrated the Eid-al-Adha holiday. Families were eating lunch in the Abdullah restaurant, located on the main road to Irbil, when it happened. A suicide bomber activated an explosives belt in the middle of the restaurant, officials and at least one witness say, although one interior ministry official was quoted as saying a car bomb was the cause. There were also unconfirmed reports that Kurdish officials were also in the restaurant having lunch with Arab tribal leaders at the time. A branch of the same restaurant in Kirkuk was itself hit by a car bomb last year, with 25 people killed. Bereaved families People wounded in Thursday's attack were taken to Kirkuk's main hospital, with 30 of them in a serious condition, an AFP news agency reporter says. As the authorities appealed for blood donors, the reporter met families bereaved by the blast. Outside the emergency room, a five-year-old boy was crying, saying he had lost both of his parents. Reskiya Oji, a 49-year-old Turkmen who was wounded in the arm and the leg, said from a hospital bed that her daughter, four, had been killed and she did not know the fate of her two sons. Rezkar Mahmoud, a 24-year-old Kurd who was wounded in the leg, said he had been having lunch with his father, wife and children. "The restaurant was full when the bomb exploded," he said. "It sent glass flying and destroyed the walls. "I don't know where my children and my father are." The deputy head of Kirkuk's provincial council, Rebwar Talabani, said the restaurant had been popular with politicians. "It was packed with people who go there because it's safer [than other restaurants]," he told al-Jazeera TV. "All kinds of people would go there, even politicians would hold their big meetings there." Disputed region Although violent incidents in Iraq as a whole have dropped sharply this year, the area around the northern cities of Kirkuk and Mosul remains dangerous, the BBC's Humphrey Hawksley reports from Baghdad. Mosul has become a stronghold for al-Qaeda inspired insurgents who have been driven out of many other parts of the country, he says. And tension is so high in Kirkuk that provincial elections planned for most of Iraq next year will not be held in the city, our correspondent adds. Control of oil-rich Kirkuk is disputed between Iraqi Arabs, Kurds and ethnic Turkmens. Iraqi Kurds believe they should control the city, which has a Kurdish majority but which lies outside their semi-autonomous northern enclave. But the ethnic Arabs and Turkmen say it should be under the control of the central government. Are you in the area? Have you been affected by this incident, or have you seen or heard anything? Send your comments using the form below. Send your pictures to yourp...@bbc.co.uk , text them to +44 7725 100 100 or you have a large file you can upload here . Read the terms and conditions At no time should you endanger yourself or others, take any unnecessary risks or infringe any laws. In most cases a selection of your comments will be published, displaying your name and location unless you state otherwise in the box below. Name: Email address: Town and Country: Phone number (optional): Comments: Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/7777342.stm Published: 2008/12/11 14:27:20 GMT © BBC MMVIII Print Sponsor --------------- Jusfiq Hadjar gelar Sutan Maradjo Lelo Allah yang disembah orang Islam tipikal dan yang digambarkan oleh al-Mushaf itu dungu, buas, kejam, keji, ganas, zalim lagi biadab hanyalah Allah fiktif.