Suicide bomb death toll rises to 80
The death toll has risen to more than 80 after an Islamic Stateclaimed attack in southern Iraq targeting a restaurant frequented by Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims, Iraqi officials said.
A total of 84 people were killed and 93 injured in the attack in Nasiriyah, Thi Qar province, on Thursday evening, according to provincial governor Yahya alNassiri. Among them, seven Iranians were killed and 16 wounded.
Mr al-Nassiri added that the province’s director of intelligence had been removed and the Interior Ministry called for him to be investigated.
The attack began as a shooting at a checkpoint and restaurant along the road that connects the province to Baghdad, followed by two suicide bombers.