Six killed in another Iraqi suicide bombing

At least 14 attackers broke into a residential and government complex this morning

Six killed in another Iraqi suicide bombing

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Suicide bombers have killed six and injured 18 people in an attack outside Baghdad.

At least 14 attackers broke into a residential and government complex this morning, killing five troops and one civilian.

In addition to homes, the complex also includes a police station and several government offices.

Five attackers blew themselves up while clashing with security forces, while others holed up inside the buildings, and were later killed.

Five troops and one civilian were killed, and another 18 people were wounded.

The town is located a few miles south of Fallujah, the main Islamic State stronghold in Anbar province, about 40 miles (65km) west of Baghdad.

Islamic State still controls key areas in northern and western Iraq, including the country's second largest city, Mosul.

The extremist group has declared an Islamic caliphate on the territory it holds in Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi troops, backed by paramilitary militias and US air strikes, have recaptured a number of cities and towns in recent months.

But Islamic State has responded with a string of deadly bombings far from the front lines in a campaign that Iraqi officials say is an attempt to distract from their battlefield losses.

More than 100 people have been killed in in a string of bombings, mainly in Baghdad, since Wednesday.