At least 30 killed in Iraq suicide bombing

BAGHDAD -- At least 30 people were killed Sunday when a suicide bomber targeted police headquarters in northern Iraq, officials said.

The attacker used a car bomb in the city of Kirkuk, some 250 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, they said.

On Jan. 23, at least 35 people died in a suicide attack in a Shiite mosque north of Baghdad.

The spike in violence comes amid a widening crisis between the Shiite-led government and the country's formerly dominant Sunni minority.

Thousands of Sunni protesters have been rallying for weeks against Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, demanding a repeal of laws they claim target Sunnis.

Iraq has witnessed near-daily attacks since U.S. troops withdrew in December 2011, raising fears of a return to the sectarian tensions that drove the country close to civil war in 2006 and 2007.

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