17-06-2021 09:25 PM Jerusalem Timing

Suicide Attack Kills 18 in Iraq Oasis Town: officials

Suicide Attack Kills 18 in Iraq Oasis Town: officials

Five attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades killed 18 people in the Iraqi oasis town of Ain al-Tamer, southwest of Baghdad, local officials said Monday.

Five attackers armed with suicide vests, rifles and grenades killed 18 people in the Iraqi oasis town of Ain al-Tamer, southwest of Baghdad, local officials said Monday.

"They were carrying Kalashnikovs, hand grenades. One of them blew himself up and the others were killed by the security forces," the head of the central Euphrates operations command, Qais Khalaf, said.

A member of the local council and a source at the provincial health directorate confirmed the death toll in the attack, which took place late on Sunday, and said at least 26 people were also wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but all recent suicide attacks in Iraq have been claimed by the Takfiri ISIL group.

Ain al-Tamer is located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the holy city of Karbala and lies on the edge of the province of Anbar, which was long a haven for terrorists.

Officials said the attackers started opening fire in a neighborhood of Ain al-Tamer at around 1830 GMT on Sunday, although it was not immediately clear what their target was.

Five members of a same family were among the dead, according to a health official from Karbala province.

"The five terrorists were carrying lots of weapons and one of them blew himself up in the midst of our citizens," said Farhan Jassem Mohammed, from the local council.

The military commanders said the attackers came from the Anbar desert to the west.