People killed, wounded in Anbar’s Hit after a suicide bombing

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An attack by a suicide bomber has killed and wounded civilians and military men on Tuesday in an Iraqi city, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

There is no reported exact figure of the casualties in the city of Hit, located on the Euphrates River, in the western province of Anbar.

The local Al-Sumaria News said a suicide bomber with an explosive belt has detonated himself near Al-Shayma school in Hit.

The incident took place after two car bombs killed at least 20 people in Baghdad and wounded about 80 others early on Tuesday, one targeting the late-night crowds typical of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan who shop and eat ahead of the next day’s fast.

ISIS that controls parts of Iraq and Syria, claimed both attacks in statements on its Amaq news agency.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that the armed forces, in cooperation with Shia-dominated Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), are setting a plan to “isolate” ISIS inside Syria from its members in Iraq.

Speaking on 30 May during his weekly news conference, aired live by state-run Iraqia News TV, Abadi noted that the plan aims at securing the Iraqi-Syrian borders, saying “we cannot allow militants to infiltrate our borders, coming from Syria or Turkey to kill people in Iraq.”

Iraq is currently battling ISIS to drive its militants from Mosul. Regular forces and allied militias have launched an offensive on 19 April to retake western Mosul from ISIS, three weeks after dislodging the extremist group from the eastern side of the city.

(With Reuters, AP)