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Dead After IS Attacks in Southern Iraq

Dead After IS Attacks in Southern Iraq”

So-called Islamic State said it carried out the attacks.

Bomb attacks in southern Iraq, where the bulk of the country's oil is produced, are relatively rare.

Daesh is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS.

The attacks left at least 50 people dead and more than 80 injured. In short statement released by its propaganda organ Qama, organization wrote that several suicide bombers participated in this attack, which killed " dozens of shiites ".

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The first attack struck close to a restaurant while shortly afterwards a auto bomb targeted a security checkpoint in the same area, officials said.

Jasim al-Khalidi, a senior health official, said more than 87 people had sustained injuries in the attacks, one of which occurred close to a restaurant near the city of Nasiriyah, situated about 370 km southeast of the capital, Baghdad, on Thursday afternoon, Press TV reported.

Shortly after, a vehicle bomb was exploded at a nearby checkpoint, killing at least four Iranian citizens according to one report.

The toll makes it the deadliest Daesh attack in Iraq since pro-government forces drove the extremists out of second city Mosul in July. "An assailant activated his belt of explosives inside restaurant, crowded, and a group of or men opened fire and threw grenades on guests", said Ali Abdul Hussain, colonel of police, Reuters news agency.



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