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Islamic State kills 50 Iraqis

Associated Press

BAGHDAD – Islamic State group extremists lined up and shot dead at least 50 Iraqi men, women and children from the same tribe on Sunday, officials said, in the latest targeting of the group by militants.

The killings, all committed in public, raise the death toll suffered by the Sunni Al Bu Nimr tribe in recent days to some 150, suggesting IS fighters now view them as a threat. Some Sunnis in the volatile province had previously supported the local expansion of IS and other militants in December.

Sunday’s attack on the Sunni tribe took place in the village of Ras al-Maa, north of Ramadi, the provincial capital. There, the militant group killed at least 40 men, six women and four children, lining them up and shooting them one by one, senior tribesman Sheikh Naim al-Gaoud told the Associated Press. The militants also kidnapped 17 people, he said.

An official with the Anbar governor’s office corroborated the tribesman’s account. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to brief journalists.

Late Friday, IS fighters killed 50 members of the tribe, a day after killing 48 of them, according to various officials.

Elsewhere Sunday, a car bomb attack near tents in Baghdad’s Bayaa district serving Shiite pilgrims heading to the holy city of Karbala to mark the religious holiday of Ashoura killed 14 people and wounded 32, police and medical officials said.

At night, a car bomb went off near tents serving the pilgrims in downtown Baghdad, killing nine and wounding 20 others, said police. On late Sunday, a car bomb targeting pilgrims killed 14 people and wounded 31 others in Baghdad’s eastern district of Sadr City.

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