NINE SECURITY MEMBERS KILLED IN SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK IN IRAQ’S ANBAR

Nine security members were killed and 12 others wounded, on Thursday, when suicide bombers, affiliated to the Daesh group, attacked the headquarters of a paramilitary tribal fighters, in the province of Anbar, in western Iraq, a provincial security source said.

Early in the morning, four militants, wearing explosive belts, exploded themselves, after a fierce clash at a checkpoint, at the entrance of the headquarters, manned by tribal fighters and Iraqi soldiers, in the town of Garma, near the city of Fallujah, some 50 km west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The attack killed nine security members and wounded 12 others, along with the deaths of the attackers, who failed to enter the main buildings of the headquarters, the source said.

In the first half of 2016, the Iraqi security forces and the paramilitary Hashd Shaabi units, backed by anti-Daesh international coalition, had reclaimed large parts of the Sunni heartland of Anbar province, including the provincial capital of Ramadi and Fallujah.

However, the areas near the border with Syria and the desert areas near the freed towns and villages are not yet cleared from the militants, who frequently carry out attacks on the freed areas.

The attack came after Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, on July 10, formally declared Mosul liberated from the Daesh, after nearly nine months of fierce fighting, to dislodge the extremist militants from their last major stronghold in Iraq

Source: NAM News Network