Coordinated IS attack in Iraq kills 50

Coordinated IS attack in Iraq kills 50

Coordinated IS attack in Iraq kills 50

"The toll has now reached 50 dead and 87 wounded", Abdel Hussein al-Jabri, deputy health chief for the mainly Shiite province, told reporters.

Yahya al-Nassiri, the area's governor, said the attack began with militants opening fire at the checkpoint and the restaurant on the main highway that links Baghdad with the southern provinces. One report said at least four Iranians were among those killed.

Rarely referred to by organization islamic State (EI), South of iraq, with a shiite majority, has been target of attack, deadliest claimed by group to jihadist sunni since he has lost Mosul and Tal Afar, two of its strongholds in north of country.

More than 80 people were injured in the attacks, many of them seriously, and the death toll could rise, health officials said.

An Iraqi man stands near blood-stained pond at the site of a bomb attack in Nasiriyah city, about 350 km south of Baghdad, Iraq, 14 September 2017. The citizens were Iranian pilgrims who died in the first attack, Iranian media confirmed.

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.

Suffering heavy defeat in its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group struck back on Thursday, and left scores of casualties in southern Iraq.

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