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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
ISIS suspected in attack on Iraqi prisoner convoy
Iraqi refugees, who fled from the violence in Mosul, wait up to receive free food inside the Khazer refugee camp on the outskirts of Erbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region, June 16, 2014.Tens of thousands of people fled Iraq's second largest city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. (UPI/Ceerwan Aziz) | License Photo

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.

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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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