50 people die in Iraq bombings

These children witnessed torture and beheadings while in Raqqa

Gun and vehicle bomb attacks have killed at least 50 people in southern Iraq, officials said Thursday.

Islamic State has said it was responsible for the suicide attacks that left almost 90 injured at a roadside restaurant and checkpoint near the city of Nasiriyah, in the southern Thi Qar province.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks, according to the group's Amaq news agency.

The second terror attack occurred when a auto exploded at a security checkpoint nearby. Mostly shi'ite and concentrating major part of oil production of country, region is strictly surrounded by security forces. Before the death toll was raised dramatically, hospital officials had said that four Iranian citizens were among those killed.

Local officials said the death toll was likely to climb with numerous wounded in a serious condition.

Iranian pilgrims who were at the restaurant in the first attack were among the casualties.

An Iraqi man stands near blood-stained pond at the site of a bomb attack in Nasiriyah city, about 350 km south of Baghdad, Iraq, 14 September 2017.

Shiite Muslim-dominate Thi Qar is located about 320 kilometres southeast of Baghdad.

The area targeted on Thursday is on a highway used by Shia pilgrims and visitors from neighboring Iran to travel to the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala further north.

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