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37 killed in twin attacks in southern Iraq

37 killed in twin attacks in southern Iraq”

Local officials said the death toll was likely to climb with numerous wounded in a serious condition.

Baghdad Today quoted a police source as saying that "an IED exploded on Wednesday evening near the industrial district in Besmaya village, located on Baghdad-Wassit road, which left a person killed and eight others wounded".

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the triple attack in a statement via its Amaq news agency, celebrating the death of "dozens of Shi'ite".

Interior Ministry sources said that armed men opened fire at revelers in a restaurant near a security checkpoint and later detonated a auto bomb.

The attack took place around noon, near Nasiriyah, in the Zi Qar province of southern Iraq, which has been less affected by Islamic State group violence in recent years than many other regions of the country, relatively speaking.

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a bomb attack at a police checkpoint on a highway near the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya, Iraq, September 14, 2017.

"Terrorists assaulted citizens inside of a restaurant on the highway of Dhi Qar province and fled, followed by the bombing of a auto bomb near Fadak control [a security checkpoint]", ministry spokesman Brig.

Iraqi security officials killed six of the attackers, the statement added.

The majority of casualties are expected to be Shia pilgrims, many from neighbouring Iran, provincial governor Yahya al-Nassiri told AP, who were inside the restaurant at the time of the first attack.

One of the attacks occurred close to a restaurant near the city of Nasiriyah, the capital city of Dhi Qar province, situated about 370 kilometers (225 miles) southeast of the capital, Baghdad, on Thursday afternoon.

Two suicide bombers then blew themselves up there and inside a nearby restaurant, according to local police.

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



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