Death toll reaches 50 in twin attacks in southern Iraq


At least 50 people, including three Iranian pilgrims, have lost their lives in twin auto bomb and gun attacks striking the countrys southern province of Dhi Qar.

In the second incident, attackers detonated a auto bomb at a nearby security checkpoint.

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.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

The first attack occurred outside a local restaurant and minutes later an explosives-packed auto rammed a security checkpoint in the same area, officials said.

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Iranian nationals are reportedly among the dead as well. In a statement released by its propaganda arm Amaq, ISIS said several suicide bombers had staged the assault on a restaurant and a security checkpoint.

Sources at city hospitals said four Iranian citizens were among those killed.

Soon after, Security forces were placed on alert in most of the southern provinces in case the terror group had planned similar attacks. It occurs in aftermath of a visit of iraqi prime minister, Haider Al-Abadi, in province of Dhi Qar, in particular, to Nasiriyya.

Shia Muslim-dominated Thi Qar is located about 200 miles south-east of Baghdad.

An Iraqi man stands near blood-stained pond at the site of a bomb attack in Nasiriyah city, about 350 km south of Baghdad, Iraq, 14 September 2017.