2 Iraqi generals dead in Anbar blast

  • 28/08/2015

A suicide bomber in an explosives-rigged vehicle has killed two Iraqi army generals north of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi.

The bomber killed the deputy head of the Anbar Operations Command, Staff Major General Abdulrahman Abu Raghif, and 10th Division commander Staff Brigadier General Safin Abdulmajid, spokesman Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told AFP.

A statement from the Joint Operations Command confirmed the deaths of the two officers along with an unspecified number of other "heroic martyrs".

Rasool said Thursday's (local time) attack took place in the Al-Jaraishi area north of Ramadi, a city the Islamic State jihadist group seized in May after pro-government forces had held out against militants for more than a year.

IS launched a devastating offensive in June last year that overran around a third of the country, sweeping security forces aside.