The Kirkuk attack came hours after a car bomb destroyed the offices of a US-appointed local council in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Early reports said that as many as seven people may have been killed in the attack.

Two children were killed and another two injured in a bomb blast in the southern city of Karbala on 20 November. Officials are examining the explosion, which happened near a local school in Karbala, 100 km south of Baghdad.