Two suicide attacks leave six dead in northern Iraq

- Six people were killed when two suicide attackers drove their explosive-laden cars into an Iraqi army base.

SALADIN, Iraq (AA) – At least six people were killed and 29 others wounded in two simultaneous suicide attacks Tuesday in Samarra city in the northern province of Saladin, police said.

The casualties took place in the Tariq al-Tharthar area 20 km (13 miles) southwest of Samarra city.

“Six people lost their lives and at least 29 others were wounded when two suicide attackers drove their explosive-laden cars into an Iraqi army base,” lieutenant colonel Khaled al-Deraji, told The Anadolu Agency.

“Mortar strikes targeted the base after the two suicide attacks,” al-Deraji added, accusing ISIL of being behind the attacks.

A medical source in Samarra’s general hospital confirmed the death toll to The Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.

Samarra city is under the control of the Iraqi army and the Shiite volunteer militia, al-Hashid al-Sha'bi.

Last summer, ISIL captured large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, killing thousands in the process. It later declared the captured territories to be part of a self-styled caliphate.

Since the group captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014, a U.S.-led coalition has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL targets in both Iraq and Syria.

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