Sui­cide bombers attack po­lice base, kill dozens

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Three Is­lamic State sui­cide bombers tar­geted a po­lice base in west­ern Iraq’s An­bar prov­ince with ex­plo­sives-laden Humvees, killing at least 41 po­lice of­fi­cers and Shi­ite Mus­lim mili­ti­a­men, of­fi­cials said.

The attack in the Tharthar area north of the Is­lamic State-held pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal, Ra­madi, caused a large sec­ondary ex­plo­sion in an ammunition de­pot, the of­fi­cials said. Sixty-three se­cu­rity forces mem­bers were wounded in the attack.

The lat­est as­sault re­sem­bled the mas­sive, co­or­di­nated on­slaught launched on Ra­madi last month that al­lowed the mil­i­tants to cap­ture the city, mark­ing their big­gest gain since a U.S.-led coali­tion be­gan airstrikes against the ex­trem­ist group last sum­mer.

Mean­while, the United Na­tions mission to Iraq said more than 1,031 peo­ple were killed and 1,648 were wounded in vi­o­lence across the coun­try last month.

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