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ISIS suspected in attack on Iraqi prisoner convoy

Between 44 and 60 Iraqi prisoners were killed Thursday when suspected ISIS militants attacked an Iraqi Security Forces convoy north of Baghdad.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   July 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM
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BAGHDAD, July 24 (UPI) -- Militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria were suspected in an attack against an Iraqi Security Forces convoy transporting prisoners on Thursday.

The prisoners were being moved from a high-security facility in Al Taji, 15 miles north of Baghdad, to an unidentified prison.

According to Saad Maan, a spokesman for the Baghdad Military Operations Command, the militants attacked the convoy in order to free their imprisoned associates. "They had information the convoy would be moving, and they were targeting it."

At some point during the attack, he said, at least two militants blew themselves up, killing 44 prisoners.

Other reports put the death toll closer to 60 militants and eights Iraqi military members among the wounded.

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