Middle East

Attacks kill 12 south of Baghdad: officials

An Iraqi soldier stands guard at the site of a car bomb explosion in a Kurdish-majority neighbourhood of the ethnically mixed northern city of Kirkuk on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ MARWAN IBRAHIM

BAGHDAD: A suicide bombing and shelling killed 12 people and wounded at least 23 south of Baghdad Wednesday, officials said, as Iraq struggles to stem a major militant offensive.

The bomber detonated explosives in a market in Mahmudiyah, while shellfire struck various areas of the town.

A major Sunni jihadist offensive, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has overrun chunks of five provinces north and west of Baghdad since June 9.





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