Coordinated IS attack in Iraq kills 50

Coordinated IS attack in Iraq kills 50

Militants have killed at least 50 people in twin gun and vehicle bomb attacks in Iraq.

"Sixty people were killed, including Iranian citizens", said Jasim al-Khalidi, the Director General of Health in the Dhi Qar Province.

The incident took place when Daesh terrorists fired randomly at a restaurant, located next to the global highway, in Thi Qar province, killing scores of civilians. Police said the death toll could rise as several of the wounded were in a critical condition.

Coordinated IS attack in Iraq kills 50
Coordinated IS attack in Iraq kills 50

So-called Islamic State said it carried out the attacks.

Security sources said the attackers were disguised as members of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary units which have fought alongside the army and police against the terror groups.

The area targeted is often used by Shia pilgrims and visitors from Iran on their way to the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north.

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The attack occurred as Iraqi forces battled to defeat Isis militants in areas under their control.

The toll makes it the deadliest Daesh attack in Iraq since pro-government forces drove the extremists out of second city Mosul in July.

Islamic State claimed responsibility in a statement on its Amaq news agency.

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