'Iranian pilgrims' among 50 dead in Islamic State-claimed Iraq blast

Trevor Jackson
September 15, 2017

Gunmen and suicide vehicle bombers on Thursday killed at least 52 people including Iranians near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, in an attack claimed by the Daesh militant group.

In the first attack, gunmen stormed a roadside restaurant near Nasiriya, the capital of Dhiqar province, and opened fire, a spokesman for the Iraqi interior ministry said.

The incident took place when Daesh terrorists fired randomly at a restaurant, located next to the worldwide highway, in Thi Qar province, killing scores of civilians.

He warned that the death toll could rise as numerous wounded were in serious condition.

It said several suicide bombers had staged the assault on a restaurant and a security checkpoint, killing "dozens of Shiites".

Google MAPPED At least 50 died after the attack in the south-west of Nassiriya in Thi Qar

The Islamic State group was quick to claim responsibility for the attack on its official online Amaq publication.

The Sunni extremist group regularly stages attacks in Iraq, where it has lost swathes of territory to US-backed pro-government forces.

According to latest reports by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), 297 Iraqi civilians were killed and injured in terrorist attacks and armed conflicts during ِAugust.

Police sources said some police officers had died in the checkpoint attack, but the toll from that incident remained unclear. It occurs in aftermath of a visit of iraqi prime minister, Haider Al-Abadi, in province of Dhi Qar, in particular, to Nasiriyya.

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