SHAFAQNA – At least 12 people have been killed in a car bomb explosion targeting Shia volunteers in a town north of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, authorities say.
The attack took place in the town of Abasiyat, south of Tikrit, on Monday after a bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a gathering of soldiers and Shia fighters.
According to police and hospital officials, the attack killed 10 militiamen and two soldiers, while wounding 18 others.
Immediately after the blast, clashes erupted between Iraqi security forces and ISIL Takfiri militants, police said.
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but such incidents are often claimed by ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
The overall security situation in Iraq has worsened over the past few months as ISIL terrorists, of whom many are foreign militants, have taken control of parts of Iraq’s northern and western regions.
They have been committing heinous crimes in the captured areas, including mass executions and beheadings of people.
The Iraqi army, backed by pro-government tribes, Shia volunteers and Kurdish Peshmerga, has so far managed to make significant gains in the fight against the terrorists.
Since August, the US and some of its allies have been conducting airstrikes against what they say are ISIL positions in Iraq. Some members of the US-led coalition also started a similar bombing campaign inside Syria in September.
However, the raids have so far failed to dislodge the Takfiri group.