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One killed in Iraq's Erbil after vehicle explodes

Iraqi security forces stand next to a car that had exploded in Erbil on November 19, 2014 [AFP via Getty Images]
Iraqi security forces stand next to a car that had exploded in Erbil on November 19, 2014 [AFP via Getty Images]

One person was killed and four were injured when a vehicle exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil on Friday, the Kurdistan region's counter-terrorism service said, Reuters reports.

An explosive device attached to the bottom of the car detonated at around 1 p.m. (1000 GMT), killing the driver and injuring two women and two children who were in the car, it said in a statement.

The counter-terrorism service has opened an investigation into the incident, the statement added.

A Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, identified the driver who was killed as 41-year-old Hawkar Abdullah Rasoul, and the two women injured as Rasoul's wife and sister.

Rasoul was a colonel in the PUK counter-terrorism service, the official said.

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), which controls the Kurdish government in the capital, Erbil, and the PUK, which dominates areas along the Iranian border and is headquartered in Sulaimaniyah, are the two main parties ruling the Kurdish region.

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