The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb blast that killed three close to the U.S. consulate in the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Erbil, the U.S.-based SITE monitoring group said, quoting an ISIS-linked Twitter account.

No consulate staff were hurt, the U.S. State Department said.

Al Arabiya News Channel’s Iraq correspondent Ahmed al-Hamadani said smoke billowed near the site of the explosion. […]