The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has killed 13 Iraqi soldiers in a triple suicide car bombing at an army base south of Fallujah, military sources said. Those killed in Sunday’s attack in the village of Al Hayakil included the commander of the second army regiment of the first army division in Anbar province, a military source told Al Jazeera:
The attack came a day after a quadruple suicide bombing claimed by ISIL near Beiji killed at least 11 Iraqi security personnel. ISIL, which controls large parts of northern Iraq, said four of its foreign fighters carried out Saturday’s bombings, which targeted Iraqi army and allied units’ positions in the town of Hajjaj, on the road between Tikrit and Beiji.
Seven soldiers were killed as well as four members of the Popular Mobilisation force, an umbrella of mostly Shia units and volunteers that have been heavily involved in the fight against ISIL in Iraq. At least 27 people were also wounded in the coordinated attack, which saw one of the four car bombs neutralised before it could reach its target, a police colonel said.
Social media accounts sympathetic to ISIL released images purporting to show the suicide bombers preparing for the attacks, and posing with vehicles, which matched the description given by the Iraqi officer.