Gunmen and suicide car bombers killed at least 74 people, including seven Iranians, near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriya on Thursday, an official said, giving an updated toll.
“There are now 74 deaths and 93 wounded,” Abdel Hussein al-Jabri, deputy health chief for the mainly Shiite province of Dhiqar, said of the attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
A statement on the Amaq news agency, which supports ISIS, said the attacks carried out by its suicide fighters targeted a restaurant and a checkpoint, killing dozens.
That was up from the previous toll of 60 dead and 91 wounded in what was already the deadliest IS attack in Iraq since pro-government forces drove the jihadists out of second city Mosul in July.
Saudi Arabia condemns attack
An official source at the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the double attack on in southern Iraq.
The source reiterated the Kingdom's position on condemning terrorism and extremism and standing by the Republic of Iraq offering condolences to the families of the victims and to the Iraqi people and wishing a speedy recovery to the injured.
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