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Suicide attacks kill at least 15 in south Iraqi city – police, medics

An Iraqi security forces member inspects the site of suicide bombings at a power plant north of the capital Baghdad on September 2, 2017. Armed with grenades and wearing explosives belts, three attackers entered the facility in Samarra, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of the capital, at 2:00 am, an Iraqi security official told AFP, adding that the suicide bombers killed seven people and wounded 12 in the attack. (AFP)
BAGHDAD: Suicide bombers attacked a restaurant and a police checkpoint on a highway near the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya on Thursday, killing at least 15 and wounding many, police and medical sources said.
One attacker detonated his explosive vest inside the restaurant, south-west of Nassiriya, while three to four other attackers opened fire at the people inside, police sources said.
Sources at city hospitals said four Iranian citizens were among those killed. Police said the death toll could rise as several of the wounded were in a critical condition.
Bomb attacks in southern Iraq, where the bulk of the country’s oil is produced, are relatively rare.
No group immediately claimed responsibility, but the attack occurred with Iraqi forces battling to defeat Daesh militants in areas under their control.

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