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Iraqi Militant Attack On Prisoner Bus Kills Dozens

An attack on a bus carrying convicts from a prison near Baghdad has left at least 60 dead.

The bus was transporting prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji to Baghdad when it was first hit by roadside bombs.

Iraqi officials said insurgents -- including suicide bombers and gunmen -- then attacked security forces with the convoy.

The majority of those killed are prisoners, though several police also died.

Militants from the Islamic State control large parts of northern and western Iraq and have made several attacks on areas near Baghdad.

The July 24 attack comes almost one year after an attack on two Iraqi prisons allowed some 500 inmates to be freed.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP