IRAQI security forces repelled an attack yesterday by Islamic State (Isis) fighters on the capital Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib.
Three suicide car bombers struck a security force barracks as gunmen opened fire, killing at least 12 members of government and paramilitary security forces and wounding 35 others, said local police officers.
The clashes also left a silo on fire, they added.
The commander of military operations in western Baghdad, Major General Saad Harbiya, said that the situation was “under control” and that a local curfew had been imposed.
Abu Ghraib, about 18 miles from central Baghdad, is the location of a prison of the same name where US troops committed notorious abuses against Iraqi detainees following the 2003 invasion.
It is halfway between Baghdad and Fallujah, which is controlled by Isis. Security forces prevented Isis from seizing Abu Ghraib when the extremists swept across northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014.