Militants Launch Attacks on Baghdad Outskirts

Militants Launch Attacks on Baghdad OutskirtsMilitants Launch Attacks on Baghdad Outskirts

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked Iraqi army and police posts on the western outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 12 security forces and seizing positions in a grain silo and a cemetery, officials said.

The largest assault near the capital in months was still raging, said security officials who blamed Islamic State. A news agency that supports Islamic State said the group had launched a "wide attack" in Abu Ghraib, Reuters reported.

Suicide bombers in vehicles and on foot attacked government positions 25 km from the center of Baghdad and next to the international airport, government officials said.

Dozens of militants driving Humvees and pickup trucks fixed with machine guns attacked from the nearby Islamic State-controlled areas of Garma and Falluja, army and police sources added.