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Iraq: Suicide attack near oil-rich Basra kills at least 8

A suicide bombing near the oil-rich city of Basra killed at least eight people as the Islamic State group took the fight against Iraqi forces deep into the country's south, a military commander said Saturday.

 

Five civilians and three troops were killed when the bomber blew up his explosives-laden car on Friday at a checkpoint north of Basra just behind a bus waiting to be cleared, said chief of the Basra Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Jamil al-Shimmari.

 

At least 41 others were wounded, al-Shimmari said. A second attacker drove down a desert road after the explosion and security forces killed him, al-Shimmari added.