Sui­cide attack in Iraq kills at least 37: po­lice

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A sui­cide attack us­ing an ar­mored ve­hi­cle packed with ex­plo­sives against an Iraqi po­lice base north­west of Bagh­dad killed at least 37 peo­ple on Mon­day, of­fi­cers said.

They said the attack was against a fed­eral po­lice base be­tween Sa­marra and the Tharthar lake.

A doc­tor said the bod­ies of at least 37 peo­ple were brought to Sa­marra hos­pi­tal. “They are mostly po­lice­men,” he told AFP.

He said at least 33 peo­ple were also wounded in the attack, which some po­lice of­fi­cers said was car­ried out with a tank.

The area is be­ing used in a mili- tary op­er­a­tion aimed at cut­ting off the Is­lamic State ji­hadist group’s sup­ply lines in An­bar prov­ince of west­ern Iraq.

IS fighters have over the past year seized a for­mi­da­ble ar­se­nal of mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles, weapons and ammunition from re­treat­ing Iraqi forces.

“The attack was car­ried out with a tank and left more than 70 killed and wounded,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer for Sala­hed­din prov­ince said.

Iraqi se­cu­rity forces have in re­cent days suc­cess­fully re­pelled sev­eral sui­cide at­tacks in­volv­ing ex­plo­sives-laden ve­hi­cles thanks to guided anti-tank sys­tems.

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