Suicide bombing kills 6 in Iraq’s Najaf

 01 Jan 2017 - 15:06

Suicide bombing kills 6 in Iraq’s Najaf
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BAGHDAD: A suicide bombing killed six policemen and injured dozens in Iraq’s southern city of Najaf on Sunday.

Three bombers blew themselves up at a security checkpoint in al-Qadisiyya, north-west of Najaf, after an exchange of fire with security forces, local official Hussein Wahid told Anadolu Agency.

He said 25 people, mostly tribesmen, were injured in the attack.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Iraqi officials often point the finger at the Islamic State terrorist group, which overran vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq in 2014.

Sunday's attack came one day after at least 27 people were killed and dozens injured in a twin bombing claimed by IS in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The violence comes amid an ongoing offensive launched by the Iraqi army to recapture Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, from IS.