Hotel fire kills 17 in Iraq's Arbil

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A fire at a hotel killed 17 people on Friday in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, including foreigners, the local governor said.

"The fire broke out this evening inside a hotel in Arbil that has killed 17 people and wounded 10 others," Governor Nawzad Hadi said at a press conference held in Arbil city, adding that most of the victims are foreigners.

The investigations are underway, he added, without saying the nationality of the victims.

A security source told Xinhua that most of the victims are from the Philippines.

Many foreigners worked in Iraq's Kurdistan region where security situation is relatively calm. However, Iraq is witnessing a massive wave of violence in the country, including the capital Baghdad since the Islamic State took over swaths of the country's northern and western regions in June 2014.

About 10 Iraqi soldiers were killed on Friday morning in a suicide car bomb attack in Ramadi, the capital city of the western Anbar province, a security source told Xinhua.

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