US-led coalition members carrying out air raids against the Islamic State group were preparing to meet on Tuesday after a huge suicide bomb against an Iraqi police base killed at least 37 people.
The blast, which further slowed an operation to retake the city of Ramadi, came ahead of the Paris talks which will address a string of major battlefield gains by the IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
On Monday, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden vehicle at a police base in Iraq’s Salaheddin province, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 30, officers said.
“They are mostly policemen,” said a doctor at the main hospital in the nearby city of Samarra where the casualties were taken.
Some police officers said the suicide attacker used a tank to force his way into the police base, located between Samarra and Tharthar lake, northwest of Baghdad.
The area is being used as part of a military operation aimed at cutting off the Islamic State group’s supply lines in Anbar province of western Iraq.
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