Officials: Suicide bombing kills 12 in Iraq

2015-01-12 20:11
Demonstrators chant slogans to support al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they carry al-Qaeda flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul. (File, AP)

Demonstrators chant slogans to support al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they carry al-Qaeda flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul. (File, AP)

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Baghdad - A suicide car bomb killed 12 Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers on Monday in a town north of Baghdad, authorities said, sparking a battle between security forces and fighters with the extremist Islamic State group.

The suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a gathering of soldiers and Shiite fighters in the town of Abasiyat, just south of Tikrit, 130km north of Baghdad, police said.

Police and hospital officials said the attack killed 10 militiamen and two soldiers, while wounding 18 people.

Clashes between Iraqi security forces and militants from the Islamic State group erupted immediately after the attack, police said, though the extremists did not immediately claim responsibility for the bombing.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak to journalists.

Iraq sees near-daily bombings and other attacks mainly targeting the Shi'ite majority and security forces. Tikrit, held by the Islamic State group, and surrounding areas have been under constant attacks by its extremists.

The Islamic State group captured about a third of Iraq last year. The militant onslaught has become Iraq's worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of US troops.

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