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Coordinated IS attack in Iraq kills 50

15 September 2017

At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in twin gun and vehicle bombing attacks near the city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq, local officials said.

In the first attack, a group of three or four gunmen entered a restaurant off the Dhi Qar highway and began shooting at random, hitting at least fifty people, including women and children, several media reported.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though Islamic State often claims responsibility for large-scale attacks on Shi'ite Muslims in Iraq.

It was noted that Iranian citizens, who were there to visit sacred Shia places, were among the casualties.

Both attacks happened on September 14 near the city of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq's Dhi Qar province.

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Local officials said the death toll was likely to climb with numerous wounded in a serious condition.

The attack, deadliest occurred at a restaurant in south-west of Nassiryya.

The governor of Iraq's southern Thi Qar province, where Nassiriya is located, said the death toll was 45.

Dozens more were injured during the attacks near the city of Nassirya.

Iraqi and Kurdish security officials told Reuters the Sunni militants were likely to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq after devastating territorial losses they suffered from Iraqi forces.

Coordinated IS attack in Iraq kills 50