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Suicide bomb blast kills 14 at Iraq camp for displaced, over dozen wounded

The blast took place in Anbar province. Jihadists still hold areas of the province which faces major security challenges.

world Updated: Jul 03, 2017 00:29 IST
Agence France-Presse
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Agence France-Presse, Baghdad
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Smoke is seen after a suicide car bomb exploded in western Mosul, Iraq on May 16. (Reuters/ Representative image)

A suicide bomber attacked a camp for displaced Iraqis in Anbar province on Sunday, killing 14 people, a police major and a doctor said.

The blast at the camp in the 60 Kilo area, west of Anbar capital Ramadi, also wounded 13 people.

The doctor and the major both said that most of the victims were women and children, but the officer also told AFP that two security personnel including a captain were among the dead.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State jihadist group frequently carries out suicide bombings targeting civilians in Iraq.

Iraqi forces retook the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah from IS, but the jihadists still hold areas in western Anbar, and the province still faces major security challenges.

IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and other support have since regained much of the territory they lost.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 00:29 IST