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Two minor bombers killed before targeting a wedding in Anbar

An Iraqi security checkpoint (representational photo)


Hit (IraqiNews.com) Two suicide bombers were killed Wednesday before blowing themselves up at a weeding west of Anbar, Iraqi security sources were quoted saying.

The suicide attackers, whose ages were below 15, attempted to target a wedding ceremony in al-Doulab, Hit, west of the province, before security forces shot both dead, a security source told DPA.

Al-Doulab has witnessed past deadly attacks by IS against its civilians.

Anbar’s western towns of Annah, Qaim and Rawa have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it emerged to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”. The border area between Anbar and Syria has seen occasional bloody attacks against security forces over the past months, but Iraqi paramilitary forces continue advances to impose control over that region.

Fighter jets from the Iraqi army and the U.S.-led international coalition have also regularly pounded IS locations in the province. The Iraqi government is expected to aim at those strongholds once its campaign in Mosul, now in its eighth month, is concluded.

Violence and armed conflicts left 824 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of May, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths


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