At least 41 ISIL terrorists have lost their lives and tens of others injured in an attack by Takfiri ISIL terrorists on the western Iraqi city of Ramadi, security sources say.
The attack was carried out using seven almost simultaneous car bombs in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, said Sabah Karhot the head of the provincial council in Anbar on Wednesday. Among the dead are 17 ISIL bombers.
He said all areas in Ramadi are under the control of the security forces and tribesmen, adding the attack by ISIL was the most violent in months.
“At around 7:00 a.m. local time (0400 GMT), ISIL launched seven attacks with … bombers driving Humvees in the areas of Hawz, Malaab, Toi, Albu Faraj and Albu Eitha,” police official Mustafa Samir said.
Scuffles broke out in several areas following the car bomb raids and mortar rounds were fired on the provincial council headquarters, police said.
ISIL-linked social media accounts said a Belgian, a Syrian and a terrorist from the Caucasus were among the bombers.
The attack came as Iraqi military forces alongside Shia and Sunni volunteers made fresh gains in the northern strategic city of Tikrit by tightening the noose around the ISIL militants.
Iraqi forces retook Tikrit’s military hospital and raised the Iraqi flag at the top of the hospital located in al-Qadissiya neighborhood. During the operation, Iraqi troops attacked the positions of the militants in the city from thee directions. They also killed seven snipers belonging to the Takfiri group in al-Diyoum area of western Tikrit.