The first major attack in the disputed Iraqi city of Kirkuk in months killed 18 people Thursday, while two car bombs in a frequently targeted Shiite district of Baghdad left 15 dead.

“It’s a busy street with restaurants and shops, there is great destruction,” a Kirkuk police colonel said, adding that a suicide car bomb was used.

He said the target of the explosion was a popular cafe called Dawooda in the predominantly Kurdish northern neighbourhood of Shorjah. […]