- The Washington Times - Monday, September 30, 2013

Six years of peace was shattered on Monday, as bombings rocked a normally quiet province in Iraq, killing six security officers.

The series of bombings took place in Irbil, the capital of an autonomous province in Iraq — Kurdistan — that hasn’t seen such types of attacks in six years, BBC reported.

The violence is believed to be spillover from Syria and linked to battles being waged between jihadists and Kurds, BBC reported.

The attack came around the same time as a suicide bomber killed 25 at a Shia Muslim mosque outside Baghdad. The bombing collapsed the roof, and several are feared trapped in the debris. That attack took place during a funeral, BBC reported.

Sectarian violence across Iraq has increased lately, hitting its highest levels since 2008.