Suicide Truck Bomber Kills 15 in Northern Iraq
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A suicide bomber driving a truck packed with explosives blew himself up in a village in northern Iraq, killing at least 15 members of the country's Shabak minority early on Thursday, police said.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, but militants have in the past targeted Shabaks and warned them to leave the area.
The attack took place in the village of Mwafaqiya in Nineveh province, Reuters reported.
"At 6 am this morning, a suicide truck bomber detonated himself amidst the houses of my village," said Qusay Abbas, a former Shabak representative in the Mousl provincial council. "There are still some people under the debris of their houses".
Insurgents including an al Qaeda affiliate have been regaining ground this year in an onslaught against Iraq's government and its allies.
More than 6,000 people have been killed in acts of violence across the country this year, according to monitoring group Iraq Body Count.
Last month, a suicide bomb attack on a Shabak funeral in Nineveh killed 21 people.