Death toll reaches 50 in twin attacks in southern Iraq

Lucy Bush
September 15, 2017

Health officials confirmed at least 50 people were killed in Southern Iraq on Thursday as a result of two separate attacks.

The attacks occurred in the afternoon when unidentified gunmen attacked a restaurant at Fadak area in west of the city of Nasriyah, some 375 km south of Baghdad, while a vehicle bomb detonated at a security checkpoint near the attacked restaurant, according to a provincial security source.

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.

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More than 80 people were injured in the attacks, many of them seriously, and the death toll could rise, health officials said. Three police officers are among the dead.

The recapture of Tal Afar was made possible with the help of the Iraqi army, Federal Police, counter-terrorism units, volunteer troops, and Rapid Response Forces, Abadi added.

The group's only other stronghold is Hawija, in Kirkuk province some 300 kilometres north of Baghdad.

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Jihadist militants carry out regular attacks in Iraq where Daesh has been losing ground to the government forces.

Islamic State has suffered a number of defeats at the hands of Shia militias, both in Iraq and in neighbouring Syria. Nasiriyah is the capital of Dhi Qar Governorate, which has a large Shiite population.

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