Minimum 25 people were killed and 18 injured in Thursday’s bomb attack

Author: AFPFri, 2018-04-13 10:17ID: 1523615641468785900
Samarra, Iraq: According to a new toll from police and medics, minimum 25 people were killed and 18 injured in Thursday’s bomb attack on burial for Iraqi fighters killed by extremists.

In Asdira, village mayor Salaheddin Shaalan told AFP, “Two bombs exploded as the funeral procession was entering the cemetery.”

The Sunni village is south of Sharqat, one of the final bastions of Daesh in the country’s north to be reclaimed by Iraqi forces.

On Friday, a police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity, revising an earlier death toll that,  “In total, 25 people were killed and 18 injured, four of whom are still in critical condition.”

Medical sources established the recent figures.

It was the deadliest attack in Iraq since a January 16 double suicide bombing in Baghdad announced 31 lives.

Thursday’s attack took place at the time of a funeral for five members of the Hashed Al-Shaabi paramilitary units killed Wednesday night in the same village, 250 kilometers (150 miles) north of Baghdad.

The mostly Shiite paramilitary units, which also involves Sunni tribal forces, played a key role alongside the army in throwing out militants from Iraqi towns previous year.

The Iraqi government proclaimed victory over Daesh in December after pushing Daesh extremists out of their last holdouts along the border with Syria.

But the group keeps the ability to hit in spite of losing control of huge swathes of Iraqi territory it seized in 2014.
It yet hold on to pockets of desert in war-torn Syria and seems to be able to cross the porous border in mid of the two neighbors.

Security experts says, Militants sometimes handle to grab control of roads at night, particularly in the Salaheddin province where Thursday’s attack took place, and Anbar province along the border with Syria.
Iraq is gearing up for legislative elections set for May 12.

Since the 2003 US-led invasion and the drop of Saddam Hussein’s regime, polls in Iraq have constantly been spoiled by violence.

But in the runup to following month’s elections, the country has enjoyed a break from violence.

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