Daesh Targets Karbala Pilgrims, 50 Killed

Posted 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.

The death toll had risen to 50 people, with more than 80 wounded, a health official and police sources said.

According to security officials, the attackers were disguised as members of the Hashed al-Shaabi Shiite paramilitary units that have joined the government forces in their fight against Daesh terrorists to the north of the capital Baghdad.

Islamic State has said it was responsible for the suicide attacks that left almost 90 injured at a roadside restaurant and checkpoint near the city of Nasiriyah, in the southern Thi Qar province. It leads to the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala and is often used by Iranian Shi'ite pilgrims.

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Iraqi and Kurdish security officials say the Sunni militants are likely to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq after their self-proclaimed caliphate in Mosul collapsed. Three police officers are among the dead.

Acting at the request of Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, the Iraqi parliament on Thursday sacked the governor of Kirkuk over his decision for the northern province to also take part in the Kurdish referendum.

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