Sui­cide bomber kills 7 at check­point in An­bar

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Seven peo­ple were killed in a car bomb blast in a for­mer strong­hold of the Is­lamic State group in west­ern Iraq, a se­cu­rity of­fi­cial said on Wed­nes­day. Maj. Gen. Qasem al-Du­laimi told The As­so­ci­ated Press the at­tacker drove a booby-trapped ve­hi­cle into a joint se­cu­rity check­point man­aged by the Iraqi army and the Pop­u­lar Mo­bi­liza­tion Forces at the south­ern en­trance to the town of al-Qaim, about 30 kilo­me­ters (19 miles) from the Syr­ian bor­der. He said four se­cu­rity forces per­son­nel and three civil­ians were killed in the blast.

Al-Du­laimi blamed the Is­lamic State group for the at­tack, though the group did not im­me­di­ately claim re­spon­si­bil­ity. Al-Qaim is a for­mer Is­lamic State group strong­hold in the An­bar province in west­ern Iraq.

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