Saturday 18 November 2017

At least 75 dead in Iraq after day of violence

At least 39 people were killed in the attacks, officials said
At least 39 people were killed in the attacks, officials said

IRAQ'S prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has warned al-Qa'ida is trying to turn a vast chunk of his country into an "evil statelet" after one of the worst days of violence in months.

A combination of bomb attacks and shootings claimed the lives of at least 75 people, including 18 killed in a blast at a funeral tent in a village near Baquba, north of Baghdad. The crowd was mourning a pro-government Sunni militiaman killed two days before. There were eight separate bombings in Baghdad.

Iraqi security forces were also reported to have lost ground to al-Qa'ida forces in the Sunni-dominated province of Anbar, where the group seized parts of the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi two weeks ago.

Irish Independent

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