Attacks by five suicide bombers on Iraqi military base Camp Speicher near Tikrit on early Sunday killed at least 15 members of the security forces and wounded 22 others, security sources said.
Two of the bombers detonated their vehicle-borne explosives at the western gate of Camp Speicher, a former U.S. base outside the Sunni city of Tikrit.
Three others exploded themselves after entering the section of the base where Iraqi police are being trained, police and military sources in the Salahuddin operations command said.
Islamic State, the militant group controlling swathes of Iraq’s north and west, claimed responsibility for the blasts in a statement distributed by supporters online.
It said it targeted “trainers from the rejectionist army”, a term used by the Sunni insurgents to describe Shi’ite Muslims.
Camp Speicher became a symbol of the group’s brutality and hatred for Iraq’s Shi’ite majority after as many as 1,700 soldiers from the base were killed in mid-2014 during the militants’ lightning advance across the Syrian border.
Daesh attacks also in Haditha and Samarra
Daesh launched attacks against Iraqi army positions in Haditha and Samarra on Sunday, according to Daesh-friendly media.
Source: Reuters, Aamaq Agency