69 detainees killed in Iraq convoy attack: officials

It is the second instance of a large number of detainees being killed since the start of a militant offensive on June 9.

By: Press Trust of India | Iraq | Updated: June 23, 2014 5:19 pm

Sixty nine detainees were reported killed during a militant attack on an Iraqi convoy, said officials. The number of casualties has gone up from 23 to 69.

Seven gunmen also died in the ensuing clashes, according to a police captain and a doctor at a hospital in the town of Hashimiyah, in Babil province. It was not immediately clear how the detainees died.

It is the second instance of a large number of detainees being killed since the start of a militant offensive on June 9 that has overrun large areas of five different provinces.

At least 44 prisoners were killed during a militant assault on a prison in the city of Baquba last week.

Accounts differed as to who was responsible for the Baquba killings, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s security spokesman saying the prisoners were killed by insurgents carrying out the attack, and other officials saying they were killed by security forces as they tried to escape.