Suicide Attacks on Restaurants and Checkpoint Kill 60 in Southern Iraq

Suicide Attacks on Restaurants and Checkpoint Kill 60 in Southern Iraq

Three suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State killed at least 60 people in southern Iraq on Thursday (September 14), a health official and police sources said, suggesting a shift in the ultra-hardline group's tactics since it lost control of its stronghold in Mosul.

Iraqi and Kurdish security officials say the Sunni militants are likely to wage a guerrilla war in Iraq after their self-proclaimed caliphate in Mosul collapsed.

Wearing security force uniforms and driving stolen army vehicles, the attackers targeted a police checkpoint and two restaurants on a highway near the city of Nassiriya, using car bombs and suicide vests, the sources said.

At least 100 people were injured, the police said in a statement.

Islamic State claimed responsibility in a statement on its Amaq news agency. The group said it had killed "dozens of Shias".

Police sources said some police officers had died in the checkpoint attack, but the toll from that incident remained unclear.

The battle for Mosul - by far the largest city to fall under the militants' control - has left large areas in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced nearly one million people. The group still controls territory in Iraq and is expected to revert to conventional insurgent tactics as it loses ground.