50 people die in Iraq bombings

Iraqis look at shrapnel-riddled vehicles following a suicide bombing at a restaurant south of the city of Nasiriyah

Iraqis look at shrapnel-riddled vehicles following a suicide bombing at a restaurant south of the city of Nasiriyah

"The total death toll of the victims reached 50 persons, while 87 others were wounded", the health department said in a statement.

Officials said the first attack struck close to a restaurant while shortly afterwards a vehicle bomb targeted a security checkpoint in the same area.

Numerous wounded were in serious condition, he told AFP.

The Islamic State group was quick to claim responsibility for the attack on its official online Amaq publication.

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It said several suicide bombers had staged the assault on a restaurant and a security checkpoint, killing "dozens of Shiites". Three police officers are among the dead. The attacks occurred on a highway regularly used by pilgrims and visitors from neighbouring Iran, en route to holy cities of shia of Najaf and Karbala, to north.

Iraqi and Kurdish security officials say the Sunni militants are likely to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq after their self-proclaimed caliphate in Mosul collapsed.

According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 125 Iraqi civilians lost their lives, and 188 others were injured as a result of terrorist attacks and other acts of violence across Iraq in the month of August.

Daesh has suffered a string of defeats on the battlefields of both Iraq and Syria, leaving in tatters the cross-border "caliphate" it declared in 2014. Nasiriyah is the capital of Dhi Qar Governorate, which has a large Shiite population.

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