Suicide bombers have attacked a restaurant and a police checkpoint on a highway near the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya, killing at least 50 people and wounding 80 others, officials said.
Wearing security force uniforms and driving stolen army vehicles, the attackers targeted a police checkpoint and two restaurants on a highway near the city of Nassiriya, using auto bombs and suicide vests, the sources said.
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That was followed by two suicide bombers, including one driving an explosives-laden auto, he said.
Security sources said the attackers were disguised as members of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary units which have fought alongside the army and police against the terror groups.
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Health officials in the province said the death toll could rise because some of those injured are in critical condition. Three police officers are among the dead. With loss of its territories in Iraq, ARS should focus on those actions of guerrilla and multiply attacks against population and security forces.
Thursday's attacks come as Iraqi forces backed by tribal fighters closed in one of the last Daesh bastions in the country: Al Qaim area on the border with war-ravaged Syria. Isis claimed the twin slayings through its propaganda agency Amaq. The road targeted by jihadists is in southern Iraqi province Dhi Qar, heavily populated by Shi'ite Muslims.
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The group's only other stronghold is Hawija, in Kirkuk province some 300 kilometres north of Baghdad.