Dozens die in twin attacks in Iraq

At least 50 killed over 80 injured in twin attacks in south Iraq- media

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

Another 50 people were wounded in one of the attacks close to a restaurant near Nasiriyah, said a senior provincial health official, Jassem al-Khalidi.

Yahya al-Nassiri, the area's governor, said that the attack began with the jihadists opening fire at the checkpoint and the restaurant on the main highway that links Baghdad with the southern provinces.

Security officials described Thursday's attacks as an attempt to send a message to Islamic State followers that the group is still strong and can operate in other parts of Iraq following its territorial losses.


Abdel Hussein al Jabri, deputy health chief for Thi Qar, warned the number of dead could rise as numerous wounded were in a serious condition. Three police officers are among the dead. The road targeted by jihadists is in southern Iraqi province Dhi Qar, heavily populated by Shi'ite Muslims.

According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 125 Iraqi civilians lost their lives, and 188 others were injured as a result of terrorist attacks and other acts of violence across Iraq in the month of August.

IS claimed responsibility for the attacks on the website for its news agency, Amaq.

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