Terror attacks take 50 lives in Southern Iraq, many more wounded
Sep 15 2017
At least 60 people died and more than 100 were injured in southern Iraq on Thursday in three separate suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State.
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.
IS claimed responsibility for the attacks on the website for its news agency, Amaq.
In the second incident, attackers detonated a auto bomb at a nearby security checkpoint. Mostly shi'ite and concentrating major part of oil production of country, region is strictly surrounded by security forces.
A suicide bomber detonated a vest and gunmen opened fire inside a restaurant near Nasiriya, capital of Dhiqar province, security sources said.
Attackers wearing security force uniforms and driving stolen army vehicles, used auto bombs and suicide vests to cause the explosions.
"Sixty people were killed, including Iranian citizens", said Jasim al-Khalidi, the Director General of Health in the Dhi Qar Province.
Abdel Hussein al Jabri, deputy health chief for Thi Qar, warned the number of dead could rise as numerous wounded were in a serious condition. Thi Qar is about 320 km from Baghdad.
Shiites and other ethnic and religious minorities have often been targets of Sunni militants in Iraq, including al-Qaeda and Islamic State.
Shortly afterwards, an explosives-laden vehicle targeted a security checkpoint in the same area.