Dozens killed in bomb, gunfire attacks in southern Iraq

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At least seven people including three Iranians were killed today in twin gun and auto bomb attacks in southern Iraq, officials said.

"The toll has now reached 50 dead and 87 wounded", said Abdel Hussein al-Jabri, deputy health chief for the mainly Shia province of Dhiqar of which Nasiriyah is the capital.

In the first attack, gunmen opened fire and threw grenades in a crowded roadside restaurant and a suicide bomber blew up a vest.

The incident took place when Daesh terrorists fired randomly at a restaurant, located next to the global highway, in Thi Qar province, killing scores of civilians.

Sources at city hospitals said four Iranian citizens were among those killed.

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That was followed by two suicide bombers, including one driving an explosives-laden vehicle, he said.

Rarely referred to by organization islamic State (EI), South of iraq, with a shiite majority, has been target of attack, deadliest claimed by group to jihadist sunni since he has lost Mosul and Tal Afar, two of its strongholds in north of country.

Officials fear that the final death toll could rise, as many of those injured in the attacks are in serious critical condition. Three police officers are among the dead.

The attack occurred as Iraqi forces battled to defeat Isis militants in areas under their control. ISIS claimed the twin attacks through its propaganda agency Amaq.