December 12, 2015 / 12:46 PM / 2 years ago

Islamic State bomber kills six Iraqi police near Saudi border: officials

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least six Iraqi border guards were killed on Saturday when a suicide bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into an outpost near the border with Saudi Arabia in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

In a statement posted online, Islamic State said the attack on an outpost in the desert area of Iraq to the west of Nukhaib targeted the army and “rejectionist” militias -- a term used by the Sunni militants to describe Shi‘ite Muslims.

Interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan said in a statement six guards had been killed, including their commander, and 10 others wounded.

Border police sources put the death toll among higher at eight.

Iraqi government forces, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, have been trying to push back Islamic State militants since they swept through mainly Sunni Muslim provinces of western and northern Iraq last year.

Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed; Editing by Alison Williams

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