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Iraq: Suicide bombing kills 8 in western Iraq

30th Aug 2018
Iraq: Suicide bombing kills 8 in western Iraq

By Suleiman al-Qubaisi

 

ANBAR, Iraq (AA): At least eight people were killed in a car bombing in Iraq’s western Anbar province on Wednesday, according to a local police officer.

A bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a security checkpoint manned by military forces and the pro-government Hashd al-Ashaeri militia at the southern entrance of Qaim city, Capt. Ahmed al-Dulaimi told Anadolu Agency.

He said two soldiers and three militia fighters were among those killed in the attack.

According to Dulaimi, 16 people, mostly civilians, were injured in the bombing.

The town’s mayor, Ahmed al-Mehlawy, said five militiamen and three civilians were killed in the attack.

However, a security source told the dpa news agency that the death toll was higher, saying 21 people were killed, 15 of those militiamen.

Located near Syrian border, Qaim has been cleared from Daesh in 2017, three years after the terrorist group overran it, along with vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq.

Last December, officials in Baghdad declared that Daesh’s military presence in Iraq had been all but dismantled over operations backed by the U.S.-led International Alliance. However, from time to time, Iraqi officials announce operations against Daesh-affiliated “sleeper cells” in certain parts of the country.

According to a recent United Nations report, there are between 20,000 and 30,000 Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Map of Iraq by  ChrisO at English Wikipedia/Public Domain]

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