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Suicide bomb and gun attacks on Iraqi restaurant and police checkpoint kill at least 50 people


- 1500615948 breaking - Suicide bomb and gun attacks on Iraqi restaurant and police checkpoint kill at least 50 people


At least 50 people have died in twin gun and bomb attacks in southern Iraq.

A restaurant and a police checkpoint were hit, according to reports. More than 80 people are wounded.

One attacker detonated his explosive vest inside the restaurant, south-west of Nassiriya in the Thi Qar province, while three to four other attackers opened fire at the people inside, police sources said.

Sources at city hospitals said four Iranian citizens were among those killed.

Bomb attacks in southern Iraq, where the bulk of the country’s oil is produced, are relatively rare.

The attack occurred as Iraqi forces battled to defeat Isis militants in areas under their control. Isis claimed the twin slayings through its propaganda agency Amaq.

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.

That was followed by two suicide bombers, including one driving an explosives-laden car, he said. 

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

Shiite Muslim-dominated Thi Qar is located about 200 miles south-east of Baghdad.

Independent

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