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At least 100 killed in truck bomb attack in Iraq

More than 100 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a petrol station in Iraq, local officials have said.

The attack happened in al-Hilla city, around 60 miles south of Baghdad, at the filling station next door to a restaurant popular with Iranian pilgrims returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage in the Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala.

The so-called Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the truck bomb attack.


IS executes 60 in Mosul for 'treason and collaboration'

A stock picture of a so-called Islamic State fighter. Credit: PA

In the past week so-called Islamic State has executed more than 60 civilians in Mosul for "treason and collaboration".

The UN Human Rights Office said that on Tuesday the militants killed 40 people and hung their bodies from electrical poles, while earlier this week another 20 civilians had been shot for leaking information and one man was killed for using a mobile phone.

The UN Human Rights Office added that so-called Islamic State had also deployed "sons of the caliphate" - thought to be teenagers and young boys - wearing explosive belts in the alleys of the old town of Mosul.

They added that abducted women had been "distributed" to fighters and told others they would be used to accompany convoys.

The spokesperson continued that reports of revenge killings on so-called Islamic State fighters in the Iraqi city carried out by civilians and forces under the control of the Iraqi Army, were also emerging.

They added that the militants were also reported to be stockpiling large amounts of ammonia and sulphur and placing them in civilian locations within the city, potentially to be used as chemical weapons.

On November 6, so-called Islamic State announced they had beheaded six of their own fighters for deserting the battlefield at nearby Kokjali.

Suicide bombers in ambulances kill 21 in two Iraq attacks

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of the Tikrit blast Credit: Reuters

Suicide bombers driving ambulances filled with explosives have killed at least 21 people and injured dozens of others in two attacks in Iraqi cities claimed by the so-called Islamic State.

One bomber killed 13 people after he detonated his vehicle at the entrance to the city of Tikrit during the busy morning 'rush hour' on Sunday.

Eight other people were killed in a similar attack targeting Shia pilgrims visiting the al-Askari mosque in the nearby city of Samarra, around 30 miles to the south of Tikrit.

Both attacks were claimed were the Islamic State, according to a report from the terror group's news agency Amaq.

Authorities in both cities declared curfews, fearing possible further attacks.


At least 18 people killed while fleeing IS in Iraq

Displaced Iraqis flee during a battle with Islamic State militants in Iraq Credit: Reuters

At least 18 people have been killed after two roadside bombs struck a convoy of families fleeing a town controlled by so-called Islamic State in Iraq.

The blasts targeted a truck carrying people from Hawija, which is around 120 km (75 miles) south of the terror group's stronghold of Mosul.

Seventeen of the dead were from the displaced families, regional police told Reuters.

One policeman in an accompanying patrol car was also killed.

Iraqi troops dig in ahead of final push into Mosul

Poor weather has hampered the advance. Credit: Reuters

Iraqi special forces are holding their positions along Mosul's eastern outskirts as poor weather hampers their advance into the city to oust the so-called Islamic State.

Military chief Brigadier General Haider Fadhil said they did not plan to make any further advance into the terrorist stronghold on Wednesday because clouds could obscure the view of aircraft and drones.

Troops have made a swift advance to the outskirts of Mosul in recent weeks. However they have warned it could take months to finally drive out IS from the city.

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