Suicide Attacks in Iraq’s Anbar Kill 35 Troops

June 1, 2015 Updated: June 1, 2015

BAGHDAD—Three ISIS suicide bombers targeted a police base in Iraq’s western Anbar province with explosives-laden Humvees on Monday, killing at least 35 police and Shiite militiamen, officials said.

The attack on a police station in the Tharthar area north of the IS-held provincial capital, Ramadi, caused a large secondary explosion in an ammunition depot, the officials said. Another 40 security forces were wounded in the attack.

Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media.

The attack resembled a massive, coordinated assault launched on Ramadi last month that allowed ISIS extremists to capture the city, marking their biggest gain since a U.S.-led coalition began launching airstrikes against the extremist group last August. In that assault, the ISIS group also used Humvees looted from Iraqi security forces.

The loss of Ramadi prompted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to order Shiite militiamen into the vast Sunni province, which was an insurgent hotbed during the eight-year U.S. intervention.

The Shiite militiamen have played a key role in pushing the Sunni ISIS group back elsewhere in Iraq, but have also been accused by rights groups of carrying out revenge attacks against Sunnis, charges denied by militia commanders.

The ISIS group and other Sunni extremists view Shiites as apostates deserving of death.