60 dead in Iraq bus attack

Last updated 19:39 24/07/2014

Relevant offers

Middle East

Dozens dead in Afghanistan violence as Ramadan begins More than 30 migrants, mostly toddlers, drown off Libya - rescuers Donald Trump greeted with selfies and politics on arrival in Israel Donald Trump says Iran must stop funding and training 'terrorists and militias' immediately US President Donald Trump has new reasons to hope for Middle East peace In US presidential first, Donald Trump prays at Jerusalem's Western Wall US President Donald Trump tells Middle East to step up in fight over 'Islamist extremism' US President Donald Trump seeks 'reset' with Islamic world Donald Trump says big Saudi Arabia arms deal is a job producer Melania Trump shuns headscarf, and Donald's old advice, in Saudi Arabia

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