Shia militia convoy attacked in Baghdad, 11 killed

Casualties reportedly include Hashd al-Shaabi Shia militiamen, army and police personnel, and civilians

Shia militia convoy attacked in Baghdad, 11 killed

World Bulletin / News Desk

Eleven people were killed and another 23 injured on Monday when a convoy of Shia militiamen was targeted by a suicide car-bomber in Baghdad’s southern Al-Yousifiya district, according to a local police source.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Police First Lieutenant Nasser al-Hanoun said that the bomber had driven his explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen as it passed along Al-Yousifiya’s international highway.

The Hashd al-Shaabi is an umbrella group of pro-government Shia militia groups established in 2014 to fight the ISIL extremist group.

Casualties from Monday’s suicide bombing include Hashd al-Shaabi fighters and army and police personnel, along with civilians.

As of midday, no group had yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier the same day, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi warned that ISIL would likely carry out attacks in government-controlled areas to coincide with a broad army operation -- which officially kicked off early Monday -- aimed at clearing Iraq’s northern city of Mosul of extremist elements.

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