A car bomb targeting a government building has rocked the Iraqi Kurdish Capital, Irbil according to local media.
Reports have said the blast was accompanied by gunfire outside the governor's office, close to the historic citadel in the city centre.
The local Rudaw news network was cited by the BBC as saying that at least four people have been killed.
This comes as Iraqi Kurdish forces are battling the dreaded Islamic State militants in major parts of the country. But Irbil, which is an oil hub, has largely been a peaceful area hitherto and the city is also known as a safe base for foreigners.
Footages from the Kurdistan TV showed scene of several charred vehicles and bloodstain on the pavement outside the building, reported Reuters.
Twitter activities from witnesses reveal that the blast has made a big impact in the area.
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