Suicide car bomb targets U.S. consulate in Kurdistan’s capital of Erbil

Erbil 8KDN9 – A suicide car bomb went off at the entrance of the U.S. consulate in the capital of Kurdistan region of Iraq killing at least two people and wounding five others on Friday Kurdish sources say.

The US State Department said in a statement that no U.S. personnel were killed in the blast that it said was caused by a “vehicle-borne improvised explosive device” that went off near the entrance to the heavily guarded compound.

The large explosion occurred at 5:40 pm, a busy time in the Christian neighborhood of Ankawa popular with Westerners. The explosive-laden car detonated outside the heavily guarded gates of the US Consulate and compound that houses diplomats and staff.

Reports say that ISIS claimed responsibility of today’s suicide attack.

Kurdish forces have driven back Islamic State in northern Iraq with the help of U.S.-led coalition air strikes.

Earlier today Iraqi officials said that former Saddam Hussein’s deputy Izzat Douri was killed by Iraqi forces in Tikrit.