ISIS use Humvees to attack police post

2015-06-01 17:45
Omar al-Shishani climbing out of a humvee. (File, AP)

Omar al-Shishani climbing out of a humvee. (File, AP)

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Baghdad - Three Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bombers targeted a police base in Iraq's western Anbar province with explosives-laden Humvees on Monday, killing at least 35 police and Shi'ite militiamen, officials said.

The attack on a police station in the Tharthar area north of the ISIS-held provincial capital, Ramadi, caused a large secondary explosion in an ammunition depot, the officials said. Another 40 security forces were wounded in the attack.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authosed to brief the media.

The attack resembled a massive, co-ordinated assault launched on Ramadi last month that allowed ISIS militants to capture the city, marking their biggest gain since a US-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist group last August. In that assault, ISIS also used Humvees looted from Iraqi security forces.

The loss of Ramadi prompted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to order Shi'ite militiamen into the vast Sunni province, which was an insurgent hotbed during the eight-year US intervention.

The Shi'ite militiamen have played a key role in pushing the Sunni ISIS group back elsewhere in Iraq, but have also been accused by rights groups of carrying out revenge attacks against Sunnis, charges denied by militia commanders.

The ISIS group and other Sunni extremists view Shi'ites as apostates deserving of death.

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