60 dead in Iraq bus attack

Last updated 19:39 24/07/2014

Relevant offers

Middle East

Car bomb hits foreign convoy in Afghan capital, casualties unclear Obama says US to increase support for Syria opposition Islamic State launch attacks in Iraq, take back ground in Syria Iraqi jet mistakenly bombs Baghdad district, five killed Heavy fighting as Iraqi forces try to surround Falluja Car bombs kill 11 in Baghdad at end of Ramadan fast Syria's lost generation: Children are main breadwinners in many families Child labour on the rise among Syrian children as crisis spirals: agencies Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal gives away $30b Dubai plans to 3D print an entire office building

A shooting and bombing attack on a bus near Baghdad killed 51 prisoners and nine policemen, Ministry of Justice and medical sources said.

The bus was transporting prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji to Baghdad when it was hit by roadside bombs, the sources said.

Gunmen then opened fire. The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Much of Iraq’s bloodshed these days is linked to sectarian tensions which have been rising since Sunni militants seized large swathes of northern Iraq last month and declared an Islamic empire.

In June, 69 prisoners from an outlying town being transported to a jail in Baghdad were killed before reaching their destination.

The official account, given by the governor of Hilla, 92km south of Baghdad, hours after the killing, was that militants had attacked the convoy killing 10 prisoners and one policeman in the crossfire.

But a police captain, a second police officer and a senior local official from where the prisoners died in Hilla told Reuters no attack took place, and that police had executed the 69 men.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content