BAQUBA (AFP) – Three suicide car bomb attacks against offices in a Kurdish-controlled Iraqi town killed at least 25 people on Sunday, most of them Kurdish forces veterans volunteering to re-enlist, officials said.
The Islamic State group claimed the attack via affiliated Twitter accounts, saying the three suicide bombers were from Germany, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
“At 10.30 this morning, three car bombs struck Qara Tapah,” said Mayor Wahab Ahmed, who was lightly wounded in the attack.
Qara Tapah lies close to Jalawla, a key battleground northeast of Baghdad between pro-government forces and IS extremists.
A high-ranking security official in the autonomous Kurdish regional government put the death toll at 27 and said most of the dead were peshmerga veterans who had volunteered to return to active duty to fight IS. “Twenty-four of the victims are peshmerga veterans,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the press.
“They had come to join the front against IS. There are still victims trapped in the debris,” he said.
Twitter accounts affiliated with IS relayed a claim naming the three suicide bombers as Abu Sara al-Almani (German), Abu Mohammed al-Jazrawi (Saudi) and Abu Turab al-Turki (Turkey).