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60 killed in attack on Iraqi prisoner convoy

Iran Press TV

Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:25AM GMT

At least 60 people have been killed in Iraq in an attack on a prisoner convoy in Baghdad Province.

About 52 prisoners and eight soldiers were killed in the incident on Thursday, while another eight soldiers and seven prisoners were also injured.

Iraqi officials say roadside explosions went off as the bus traveled through a remote area.

"At least 60 people, prisoners and policemen, were killed in a suicide attack followed by several IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and shooting,' an interior ministry official said.

Many of the dead are said to have been burnt beyond recognition.

The convoy was reportedly carrying inmates from a prison in the town of Taji, located some 25 kilometers north of Baghdad. Officials say the prisoners were suspects accused of committing acts of terrorism.

The decision to relocate the prisoners came after Iraqi army bases came under attack by Takfiri ISIL militants.

Iraq has been witnessing an escalated wave of violence since early last month with ISIL terrorists capturing large swathes of the country.

Iraq has held Saudi Arabia and Qatar responsible for the security crisis and growing terrorism in the country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism.

Attacks on two Iraqi prisons in July of last year, led to the escape of some 500 inmates.


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