Wave of suspected ISIS attacks kill at least 60 in Iraq

2016-04-04 20:22
Iraqi security forces check vehicles at the site of a suicide attack targeting a joint police and army checkpoint. (SabahArar, AFP)

Iraqi security forces check vehicles at the site of a suicide attack targeting a joint police and army checkpoint. (SabahArar, AFP)

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Baghdad - At least 62 people have been killed and over 80 wounded in a wave of suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) attacks on military posts and civilian neighbourhoods across Iraq, officials said.

In the worst of Monday's attacks, at least 26 troops were killed when a car bomb went off in the city of al Baghdadi, which is west of the strategically vital Anbar province and near Ain Al Asad air base.

A police source from Salahuddin province, north of Baghdad, told Al Jazeera that at least six pro-government militia fighters were killed and 18 others injured in two separate ISIS attacks there.

Thirteen other members of the security forces were killed in an attack on a military barracks east of Fallujah.

In a suicide blast that targeted the Iraqi prime minister's convoy as it travelled through the Meshahda area Baghdad, at least three pro-government militia fighters were killed and 10 wounded.

Three people were killed and 12 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint north of Baghdad. The incident happened near Al-Muthana bridge, which links the capital with northern towns and cities like Samara and Tikrit.

In the southern city of Nassiriyah, police sources said at least five civilians were killed and 23 wounded in a bombing at a local restaurant in Tel Al-Laham town.

In the centre of Basra city, at least 5 civilians were killed and 11 wounded after a parked car exploded at an intersection.

Two civilians were killed and seven injured when two mortar shells hit the residential area of Al-Nassar neighbourhood – part of Abu Ghraib town – west of Baghdad.

The series of bombings came as Iraqi forces continued a campaign to wrestle back control of parts of Anbar province and Mosul city - which was seized by ISIS in 2014.

Iraq's army said in a statement that its operations against ISIS in Mosul continued on Monday having been on pause for several days.

It also said that it was advancing towards the ISIS-held town of Makhmour, south of Mosul, as a US-led coalition backed it with air support.

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