Suicide attack kills at least 16 at Iraq wedding - officials

RAMADI, Iraq (AFP) - A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at a wedding gathering in a town west of the Iraqi capital on Thursday (Nov 17), killing at least 16 people, officials said.

The attack, which took place in Amriyat al-Fallujah, a town in Anbar province 40km from the capital, also left more than 30 people wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremist group frequently carries out suicide bombings targeting civilians in Iraq.

The attack came three days after twin suicide bombings claimed by ISIS struck Fallujah, a city north-west of Amriyat al-Fallujah, killing at least 15 people.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces have since regained much of the territory they lost, and they are now battling to oust the militants from Mosul, the last city they hold in the country.

While ISIS has been pushed back from areas it once held in eastern and central Anbar, the militant group still controls several towns in the province's west.