On 1 July 2018, local media in Kirkuk reported a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack on a warehouse, located in western Kirkuk, containing ballots from Iraq’s 12 May general election.
The VBIED was prevented from reaching the warehouse, but killed a civilian and wounded 14 others, including four members of the Iraqi Special Operation Forces. The affiliation of the perpetrators has not yet been claimed or identified.
The attempted attack comes after a similar incident on 7 June, when a ballot storage facility was burnt down in the Shia neighbourhood of Sadr City in Baghdad. Earlier, in Kirkuk there were widespread protests following the general election, with the Arab and Turkmen communities in the multi-ethnic city accusing the dominant Kurdish party in the province, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), of vote rigging.
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