(Telegraph) — An al-Qaeda militant has been killed together with his two children when a car bomb he was making at his home exploded near the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk, police said.
“An al-Qaeda terrorist, Mohammed Nussayef Jasim al-Hamdani, was killed while trying to fit a bomb inside a vehicle at his home,” a police official in Kirkuk said today.
“His two children, aged 10 and 11, also were killed, part of his house was destroyed, and 20 of his neighbours were wounded,” he added, saying the incident occurred before midnight yesterday west of Kirkuk city.
Hamdani had been in detention on suspicion of terrorism, but was recently released due to “insufficient evidence against him,” the official said.
He asked not to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
On Sunday, an anti-terrorism official said that Iraqi security forces had smashed an al-Qaeda network allegedly responsible for more than 100 killings in Baghdad.