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Suicide car bomber attacks western Iraq town of Qaim

A suicide bomber blew up a vehicle in the town of Al-Qaim in western Iraq on Wednesday, August 29 killing at least 11 people, five of them security personnel, police said.

Qaim, in Anbar province on the Syrian border some 340 kilometres (215 miles) from Baghdad, was one of the last in Iraq to be recaptured from Islamic State in November last year.

The 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) bombing also wounded 16 people – 11 civilians and five security personnel, police Captain Mahmud Jassem told AFP.

The bomber targeted a checkpoint controlled by both the Iraqi army and government-backed militias, Reuters reported.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

With reporting from aFP

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