Militants use car bombs and suicide vests to target a police checkpoint and two restaurants near Nassiriya

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for three suicide attacks that killed at least 50 people in southern Iraq on Thursday and wounded more than 80.

The attackers, wearing security force uniforms and driving stolen army vehicles, targeted a police checkpoint and two restaurants on a highway near the city of Nassiriya, using car bombs and suicide vests, police sources said.

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