Dozens killed in bomb, gunfire attacks in southern Iraq

ISIS Near Defeat in Iraq. Now Comes The Hard Part.

At least 50 people have been killed and over 80 others injured in two terrorist attacks in southern Iraq on Thursday.

"Sixty people were killed, including Iranian citizens", said Jasim al-Khalidi, the Director General of Health in the Dhi Qar Province. The death toll is expected to rise, health officials reported.

The first attack occurred outside a local restaurant and minutes later an explosives-packed vehicle rammed a security checkpoint in the same area, officials said.

Islamic State has said it was responsible for the suicide attacks that left almost 90 injured at a roadside restaurant and checkpoint near the city of Nasiriyah, in the southern Thi Qar province.




Security sources said the attackers were disguised as members of the Hashed al Shaabi, the mainly Shia paramilitary units which fight alongside the army against IS. It leads to the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala and is often used by Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims. With loss of its territories in Iraq, ARS should focus on those actions of guerrilla and multiply attacks against population and security forces.

The attack occurred as Iraqi forces battled to defeat ISIS terrorists in areas under their control. In a statement released by its propaganda arm Amaq, ISIS said several suicide bombers had staged the assault on a restaurant and a security checkpoint.

The group's only other stronghold is Hawija, in Kirkuk province some 300 kilometres north of Baghdad.

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