Iraq repels Islamic State attack on Baghdad suburb Abu Ghraib

BAGHDAD -- Iraqi security forces repelled an attack by Islamic State militants on the capital's western suburb of Abu Ghraib on Sunday, officials said.

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Three suicide car bombers struck a security force barracks as gunmen opened fire, according to two police officers. At least 12 members of government and paramilitary security forces were killed and 35 wounded, they added. The clashes left a silo on fire, they said.

A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

The commander of military operations in western Baghdad, Maj. Gen Saad Harbiya, said the situation is "under control" and a local curfew has been imposed.

Abu Ghraib, about 18 miles (29 kilometres) from downtown Baghdad, is the location of a prison of the same name where U.S. troops committed notorious abuses against Iraqi detainees following the 2003 invasion.

It is halfway between Baghdad and Fallujah, which is controlled by the IS group. Security forces prevented IS from seizing Abu Ghraib when the extremists swept across northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014.

Associated Press writers Murtada Faraj and Qassim Abdul-Zahra contributed to this report.



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