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71 detainees killed in attack in Iraq

English.news.cn   2014-06-23 19:10:18

BAGHDAD, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Up to 71 detainees were killed on Monday in a militant attack while being transferred to another jail in Iraq's central province of Babil, a police source said.

It occurred early in the day when gunmen attacked a convoy of buses carrying dozens of inmates, transferred from a prison by the army unit of al-Aqrab Brigade in the provincial capital of Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad, to the one in the town of al-Qasim, some 35 km south of Hilla, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, adding that five gunmen were killed and five guards were wounded.

It was not immediately clear who killed these prisoners, the source said, adding an investigation was underway.

Al-Aqrab Brigade is a special force unit responsible for maintaining security in Babil province, particularly in the north of an area known as the Triangle of Death, a cluster of Sunni towns scattered north of the predominantly Shiite province of Babil.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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