Deadly Double Suicide Rocks Iraq’s Fallujah

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At least 22 Iraqi soldiers and fighters from the Popular Mobilisation Forces have been killed in a double suicide car attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in east Fallujah, local police sources have told Al Jazeera. Aljazeera reports:

Wednesday’s attack was carried out with a confiscated Iraqi army Humvee and an armoured army vehicle at the Harariyat village, part of Al Karmah town. Both blasts targeted a congregation of Iraqi army soldiers and fighters. At least 24 were also wounded in the incident.

The violence is part of ongoing clashes between ISIL and government forces, who have been cutting the supply lines of the armed group, isolating the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.  “Iraq’s security forces are taking towns and villages surrounding those cities and use them as staging posts to go into Ramadi and Fallujah,” said Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad.

Khan also said that Iraq’s air force carried out an air strike in the centre of Fallujah, hitting a mosque that was allegedly housing ISIL fighters. At least 17 of the fighters were reportedly killed in the attack.  “However, we have spoken to the hospital sources who say that at least six civilians were killed in that attack,” said Khan.