Islamic State Claims It Carried Out Deadly Attack in Southern Iraq

Violet Powell
September 15, 2017

At least 50 people including Iranians were killed in twin gun and vehicle bomb attacks near the city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq on Thursday, according to a new toll.

Soon afterwards, a auto bomb exploded at a nearby checkpoint.

According to latest reports by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), 297 Iraqi civilians were killed and injured in terrorist attacks and armed conflicts during ِAugust.

The first attack struck close to a restaurant while shortly afterwards a auto bomb targeted a security checkpoint in the same area, officials said. Three police officers are among the dead.

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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-backed attacks in southern Iraq, where the bulk of the country's oil is produced, are relatively rare thanks to a tighter grip maintained by the Iraqi security forces.

Nassiri said that the majority of the dead were expected to be Iranian pilgrims who were inside the restaurant.

Nasiriyah is the capital of the Dhi Qar Governorate, which has a large Shia population in southern Iraq. Shiite Muslim-dominated Thi Qar is located about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad.

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