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Iran Press TV

Three car bomb attacks kill 10 in Iraq's Baiji

Iran Press TV

Tue Jul 7, 2015 1:16PM

Three explosions in the Iraqi town of Baiji have left at least 10 members of government forces and the Popular Mobilization Units dead and 35 others wounded.

Local media quoted security sources in Salahuddin Province as saying Tuesday's casualties resulted from three explosive-laden car blasts in residential areas. The sources added that the Takfiri ISIL militants who had infiltrated into the town were behind the explosions.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi prime minister's office has denied rumors that the Takfiri militants are in control of Baiji, and said that government forces are in full control of most areas of the town.

Earlier the Popular Mobilization Units' spokesman had announced that the town has been cleared and mopped up of all terrorist elements.

Baiji is considered to be an important town in the country's oil industry. It has the largest oil refinery in Iraq. ISIL seized the town in June 2014 when they took control of parts in western and northern Iraq. Since then, Baiji has been the scene of fierce fighting between government forces and the ISIL terrorists.

In the past year, the ISIL terrorists have been carrying out heinous acts of violence against all Iraqi communities including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

The Iraqi human rights minister, Mohammad Mahdi al-Bayati, said last week that the crimes committed by ISIL across the country add up to more than four million instances, including genocide, murder, kidnapping and bombings of residential areas as well as public buildings.

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