Discuss as:

Bombs target Kurds in Iraq's disputed north

Emad Matti / AP

People react at the scene of a bomb attack in Kirkuk, Iraq on Nov. 27, 2012. Three parked car bombs exploded Tuesday morning simultaneously in the city of Kirkuk, home to a combustible mix of Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Turkomen who all claim rights to the city, police said.

Ako Rasheed / Reuters

A Kurdish security officer stands guard next to the destroyed headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) after a bomb attack in Kirkuk on Nov. 27, 2012.

Reuters reports — Bombs targeting ethnic Kurds killed four people on Tuesday in the city of Kirkuk in Iraq's disputed northern territories, where the Iraqi army and troops from the autonomous Kurdistan region have been in stand-off for more than a week.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks although Sunni Islamist insurgents including a local affiliate of al Qaeda continue to strike regularly, killing 144 people across Iraq in October alone.

After decades of oppression, Kurds in Syria get taste of freedom

The latest bomb attacks come after troops from Baghdad and the Kurdistan region moved in last week on the territories over which both the central government and the Kurds claim jurisdiction. Read the full story.

Follow @NBCNewsPictures

Sign up for the NBCNews.com Photos Newsletter