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Bomb attack kills 7 volunteer Iraqi fighters, injures 20 others

Iran Press TV

Fri Nov 6, 2015 8:33AM

At least seven Iraqi fighters from the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units have lost their lives when unidentified terrorists launched a surprise attack against their contingent in the country's northern province of Tikrit.

A security source, requesting anonymity, said a group of gunmen driving vehicles rigged with explosives rammed into the forces' base on the outskirts of the oil-rich city of Baiji, located about 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad, late on Thursday, leaving seven people dead, Arabic-language al-Baghdadia satellite television network reported.

The source added that as many as 20 Popular Mobilization fighters also sustained injuries in the assault.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as Iraqi forces are engaged in large-scale military operations to liberate the western province of Anbar from Daesh terrorists.

Earlier in the day, Iraqi government forces launched a barrage of artillery rounds on terrorist strongholds in the al-Siddiqiyah district of Anbar, killing scores of Daesh Takfiris and destroying 10 pickup trucks that had heavy machineguns mounted on.

Iraqi fighter jets also struck a Daesh arms depot in the city of Ramadi, situated about 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of Baghdad, on Thursday, destroying a considerable amount of munitions and killing an unspecified number of militants.

Iraqi warplanes also bombarded five Daesh warehouses in Sijariya district, which lies east of Ramadi, killing and injuring several Takfiri terrorists.

Moreover, Iraqi military aircraft launched an aerial attack against Daesh members in Ramadi, killing five terrorists and injuring seven others.

Seven Daesh extremists were also killed and eleven others wounded, when Iraqi jets hit al-Mal'ab region of Anbar Province.

Elsewhere in the city of Samarra, situated 125 kilometers (78 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraqi fighter jets bombed terrorist positions, killing 23 Daesh militants and wounding 12 others. A militant commander was reportedly among the injured.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh Takfiri militants began their march through the Iraqi territory in June 2014.

Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization Units have joined forces and are seeking to take back militant-held regions in joint operations.

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