Daesh terror attacks kill 50 in southern Iraq

Daesh terror attacks kill 50 in southern Iraq

Baghdad-At least 50 pilgrims were killed and over 80 more injured in a pair of gun and auto bomb attacks in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, reports citing healthofficials reported.

Wearing security force uniforms and driving stolen army vehicles, the attackers targeted a police checkpoint and two restaurants on a highway near the city of Nassiriya, using auto bombs and suicide vests, the sources said.

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Yahya al-Nassiri, the area's governor, said that the attack began with the jihadists opening fire at the checkpoint and the restaurant on the main highway that links Baghdad with the southern provinces.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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The survivors are being treated at the al-Batha and Nasiriyah hospitals, but due to the nature of some of the injuries the death toll is expected to rise, according to the city's Health Directorate Jasim al-Khalidi. Three police officers are among the dead.

The attack occurred as Iraqi forces battled to defeat ISIS terrorists in areas under their control. In short statement released by its propaganda organ Qama, organization wrote that several suicide bombers participated in this attack, which killed " dozens of shiites ".

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A large number of the fatalities were recorded in the capital province of Baghdad, where 45 civilians were killed and 135 others wounded during the same period.

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