Tuesday 16 January 2018

At least 14 killed as suicide bomber dressed as woman targets camp for displaced families

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A suicide bomber, disguised in a woman's all-covering robe, struck inside a camp for displaced people in Iraq's western province of Anbar, killing at least 14 people, an official said.

Councillor Taha Abdul-Ghani said the attack took place at dusk on Sunday as authorities were accommodating families that had fled from the Islamic State-held town of Qaim.

Mr Abdul-Ghani said a police colonel was among the dead.

The officer became suspicious about the person in the long robe and walked up to the attacker, embracing him, presumably to reduce the number of casualties, as he detonated his explosives.

The explosion also wounded at least 20 people.

Iraqi forces have pushed IS out of most of Anbar, and are now in the final stages of a major offensive in the northern city of Mosul.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion is likely to fall on IS, which has carried out similar attacks in the past.

Press Association

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