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Suicide bomber kills 6 Iraqi guards on border with Saudi Arabia

The suicide attacker was dressed in an army captain's uniform and drove an explosive laden vehicle at an Iraqi post
Members of the Saudi border guards patrol the fence on the Iraqi border near Arar City (AFP)

A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi position on the border with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, killing six guards, including a commander, officials said.

The attack by the bomber, who detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at the headquarters of the Hafr Zawiyah border post in Iraq's vast Anbar province, also wounded 14 guards.

An army lieutenant colonel said the bomber was dressed in a military uniform with captain's insignia and was driving an explosives-rigged military vehicle.

Hussein al-Goli, a lieutenant colonel in the border guards, was among the dead, the army officer said.

Imad Ahmed, a local official responsible for the Rutba area in Anbar, confirmed the toll.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but suicide bombings are a tactic almost exclusively employed by the Islamic State militant group in Iraq.

IS has overrun significant territory in Anbar province, which stretches from the borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to the western approach to Baghdad, including provincial capital Ramadi.

Iraqi security forces are battling to retake Ramadi, and seized a large area on the southwest side of the city last week.

Back in January, militants killed two Saudi border guards and their commanding officer on the frontier with Iraq, in a remote desert next to the Anbar province. The suicide and gun attack was not claimed by a group, but security experts said it was most likely the work of IS.