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Attacks Kill Dozens In Southern Iraq

Officials in the mainly Shi’ite Iraqi province of Dhi Qar say at least 45 people have been killed and more than 80 others wounded in two attacks.

The Sunni extremist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the September 14 attacks in a statement posted by its news agency Amaq.

The attacks began when gunmen started firing at customers in a highway restaurant, officials said.

Shortly afterward, officials said, a car bomb went off near a security checkpoint in the province.

Some reports said 15 Iranian visitors were among the dead, although the reports could not immediately be confirmed.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, and dpa