Twin Car Bomb Attacks in Iraq Leave 50 Dead and Scores Injured

Sep 15, 2017, 00:42
Twin Car Bomb Attacks in Iraq Leave 50 Dead and Scores Injured

The islamic State had claimed responsibility for a bomb attack against a checkpoint in outskirts of Basra, at sourn end of country, which has made eleven dead and thirty wounded.

Iraqi and Kurdish security officials say the Sunni militants are likely to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq after their self-proclaimed caliphate in Mosul collapsed.

Like its predecessor in Iraq, al Qaeda, Islamic State seeks to create sectarian tensions as a way to destabilise the OPEC oil producer. "Daesh is trying to desperately pretend among followers that it's still strong", al-Yassiri said.

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The attacks left at least 50 people dead and more than 80 injured.

The attackers struck at midday, opening fire on a restaurant before getting into a auto and blowing themselves up at a nearby security checkpoint, officials said. 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 said it had killed "dozens of Shi'ites".

Shortly after, a auto bomb was exploded at a nearby checkpoint, killing at least four Iranian citizens according to one report.

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The deadliest attack was at a restaurant west of Nassiriya.

Iraqi police officers inspect the remains of a auto used in a bomb attack in Nasiriyah city, about 350 km south of Baghdad, Iraq, 14 September 2017.

Masked jihadists, wearing uniforms of Shi'ite units Popular Mobilization Forces, entered a restaurant - after one of them activated explosive device in his suicide west, the other attackers opened fire on visitors, Reuters reported.

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