At least 50 die in twin attacks in Iraq

At least 50 die in twin attacks in Iraq

The citizens were Iranian pilgrims who died in the first attack, Iranian media confirmed. Police said the death toll could rise as several of the wounded were in a critical condition.

The source was unable to say whether the Iranians were pilgrims visiting the many Shiite shrines in the province.

Yahya al-Nassiri, the area's governor, said that the attack began with the jihadists opening fire at the checkpoint and the restaurant on the main highway that links Baghdad with the southern provinces. Three police officers are among the dead. Nasiriyah is the capital of Dhi Qar Governorate, which has a large Shiite population.

The latest attack that targeted Sourn iraqi dates back to may.

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ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attack. Numerous dead are suspected to include Iranian pilgrims and security forces personnel.

These attacks show once again resilience of islamic State.

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. Iraqi forces are preparing to launch assault.

Iraqi and Kurdish security officials told Reuters the Sunni militants were likely to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq after devastating territorial losses they suffered from Iraqi forces.

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