Islamic State bomber kills six Iraqi police near Saudi border

December 12, 2015 14:40


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BAGHDAD - At least six Iraqi border guards were killed on Saturday when a suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into an outpost near the border with Saudi Arabia in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

In a statement posted online, Islamic State said the attack on an outpost in the desert area of Iraq to the west of Nukhaib targeted the army and "rejectionist" militias -- a term used by the Sunni militants to describe Shi'ite Muslims.

Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan said in a statement six guards had been killed, including their commander, and 10 others wounded.

Border police sources put the death toll among higher at eight.

Iraqi government forces, backed by US-led air strikes, have been trying to push back Islamic State militants since they swept through mainly Sunni Muslim provinces of western and northern Iraq last year.

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