DAESH bombing busts Iraqi army headquarters, casualties reported

DAESH suicide bombing penetrates Iraqi army headquarter, kills senior general and others

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands guard at a street in central Baghdad on February 29, 2016.

Four DAESH terrorist group suicide bombers infiltrated army headquarters west of Baghdad, killing a senior Iraqi general and five other soldiers, army and police officers said on Tuesday.

The bombers attacked regimental headquarters in the Haditha area of Anbar province late on Monday night, killing Staff Brigadier General Ali Aboud, Lieutenant Colonel Farhan Ibrahim and four others, the sources said.

Major General Ali Ibrahim Daboun, the head of the Al-Jazeera Operations Command, said one suicide bomber blew himself up inside Aboud's office, while the other three detonated explosives elsewhere inside the headquarters.

Seven soldiers were also wounded in the attack, said Daboun.

Colonel Faruq al Jughaifi, the Haditha police chief, confirmed the attack, saying it took place near a major dam in the area, and that the bombers were dressed in military uniforms.

DAESH overran swathes of Iraq, including large parts of Anbar, in a sweeping offensive launched in June 2014, but has largely been on the defensive in the province since the middle of last year.

Iraqi tribesmen and security personnel defending Haditha, which lies near the country's second largest dam, have held off DAESH for more than 18 months with the help of air strikes by a US-led coalition.