At least three Sunni clerics have been killed and one injured in an area near Iraq’s southern city of Basra, a government body says.
The Iraqi Interior Ministry said in a statement that attackers ambushed a vehicle carrying the four clerics late Thursday, in the district of Bab al-Zubeir.
The fourth cleric was seriously wounded.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack in the mostly Shia district.
This comes as Iraq has been witnessing violence since ISIL Takfiri militants entered the country from Syria and took control over large areas last June.
The militants have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations and crucifixions, against all Syrian and Iraqi communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds.
Iraqi army soldiers, backed by volunteer forces, have been battling the Takfiri terrorists, making gains in different areas.
In recent weeks, the militants have executed many people including clerics, doctors, foreign aid workers, and journalists in the Middle East region.