Suicide bomb kills 6 in Kirkuk

BAGHDAD, Iraq Police originally said three civlians died in the attack, which took place in a crowded downtown commercial area packed with people preparing for work. Eleven people were wounded.

The blast left burnt cars and damaged shops along the street. Kirkuk is the center of Iraq's oil production in the north and is contested between its Kurdish and Arab populations.

Kurdish leaders seek to incorporate it into their semiautonomous region in the north. That makes it one of the most sensitive areas for Iraqi leaders and U.S. military commanders preparing to withdraw their troops from the country by the end of 2011.

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