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Suicide attack kills 13 Shia militiamen in N. Iraq

Army forces killed 17 Daesh militants during the attack

Suicide attack kills 13 Shia militiamen in N. Iraq File photo


At least 13 members of a pro-government Shia militia were killed Saturday in a suicide bombing near the majority-Turkmen city of Tel Afar in northern Iraq.

Daesh militants attacked positions of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia near the city in an attempt to break a siege imposed on the road linking the cities of Tel Afar and Srinagar, army officer Saad al-Mosawi told Anadolu Agency.

He said Iraqi army forces have managed to repel the Daesh attack in the area, killing 17 militants.

Established in 2014, the Hashd al-Shaabi is an umbrella group of pro-government Shia militias drawn up with the express purpose of fighting the Daesh terrorist group.

For the past seven weeks, the Iraqi army -- backed by U.S.-led coalition warplanes and local allies on the ground -- has been fighting to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, which was overran – along with vast swathes of territory in northern and western Iraq – by Daesh in 2014.

Reporting by Mohamed Walid; Writing by Mohamed Sabry Emam Muhammed;

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