At Least 15 Killed in ISIS Suicide Bombing on Wedding in Iraq

Group opens fire with machine guns, throws hand grenades at the party, police statement says, adding that all attackers were killed by security forces.

People gather as firefighters extinguish a fire following a car bomb attack at a commercial area in Karbala, Iraq, June 7, 2016.
Anmar Khalil, AP

REUTERS - More than 15 people were killed on Monday in an attack claimed by ISIS targeting a wedding party near the southern Shi'ite city of Kerbala, the militants' Amaq news agency said in a statement on Monday.

"Dozens were killed and wounded after four fighters from the Islamic State attacked a gathering of Shi'ites in Ain al-Tamr, south west of Kerbala," the statement said.

Earlier, a police statement said five assailants including a suicide bomber attacked the celebration.

The group opened fire with machine guns and threw hand grenades at the party, the statement said, and security forces killed all the attackers.

The previous bombings targeting Shi'ite cities were also claimed by ISIS, the ultra-hardline Sunni group that controls parts of northern and western Iraq.