Suicide bombings kill 9 in northern Iraq

Sunday’s attacks come amid a wide-scale offensive aimed at ousting ISIL from Mosul

Suicide bombings kill 9 in northern Iraq

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least eight people were killed in two suicide bombings in northern Iraq on Sunday.

A bomber blew up his vehicle at a security checkpoint in Tikrit city, killing seven people and injuring 15 others, police officer Iyad al-Samarai said.

Another suicide bombing struck a car park in the city of Samarra, a holy site for Shia pilgrims.

“An Iranian was killed and 10 people were injured in the attack,” al-Samarai said.

Sunday’s attacks come amid a wide-scale offensive aimed at ousting the ISIL extremist group from the northern city of Mosul.

In mid-2014, ISIL captured Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, before overrunning vast swathes of territory in the country’s north and west.

Recent months have seen the Iraqi army, backed by local allies on the ground and the U.S.-led air coalition, retake much territory.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), more than 22,000 people have been displaced since the beginning of the Mosul offensive.

Last Mod: 06 Kasım 2016, 11:34
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