According to local sources, multiple explosions were reported in Kirkuk (Kirkuk province) on Thursday, May 30. Unconfirmed reports claim at least two detonations were reported in the city center; initial media reports suggested an explosion occurred near a shopping center. Further details regarding the incidents are still emerging.
While former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed victory over the Islamic State (IS) group in December 2017, the group retains a degree of freedom of movement in parts of the country, particularly in western and northern Iraq.
Individuals in Kirkuk are advised to report suspicious objects and behavior to the police, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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