ISIS claims responsibility for suicide attack on Shiite headquarters north Iraq

Militant fighters of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

ERBIL – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) claimed Sunday its responsibility for the suicide bombing carried out at the headquarters of the Iran-backed Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in the Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmato near Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

A suicide bomber killed six people on Saturday in Tuz Khurmato. This comes after fierce clashes broke out between the Kurdish Peshmerga troops and Shiite forces earlier this month, according to local officials.

On Sunday, pro-ISIS media sources in Kirkuk reported that “the jihadist brother Abu Ali al-Ansari carried out a car bomb attack on Saturday on a military base for the Shiites in the middle of Tuz Khurmato town, killing at least six apostates and wounding some sixteen others.”

The attack follows deadly fighting between the Iraqi Shiite forces and Peshmerga that began as a dispute at a checkpoint near Tuz Khurmato on November 12, then escalated and spilled into the town center.

The violence between anti-ISIS groups, represented in the Peshmerga and major Shiite force in Iraq, may affect the anti-terrorism efforts to defeat ISIS, according to activists. 

The town of Tuz Khurmato is the main center of the Tooz District in Saladin Province, located 55 miles south of Kirkuk.

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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