BREAKING: Terror Attack Leaves 13 Dead, Injured…. Here’s What We Know



Salahuddin, IRAQ — At least thirteen civilians were killed and injured in an attack launched by Islamic State militants, south of Salahuddin, the pro-government paramilitary troops said.

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“IS members launched an attacked at midnight against civilians at al-Farhatiya region, north of Balad town, which left four killed and nine others wounded,” the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said in a statement on Sunday.


The militants, according to the statement, used heavy weapons and bombs before withdrawing. “Security troops imposed control on the region after the confrontations.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, earlier this month, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against ISIS members, Iraqi News reports.


Meanwhile in Mosul, at least sixty Islamic State militants were killed in a security campaign south of Mosul on Sunday, a security source said.

“The Iraqi army, police and Popular Mobilization Forces have been launching a wide-scale security campaign since Saturday evening, targeting Islamic State militants stationed in an island between al-Shumaisat and Albu Seif villages in southern Mosul,” a source with the Nineveh Operations Command told Al-Arab newspaper.

“Dozens of IS militants were arrested while others fled the scene to Yaremja city,” the source said, adding that the clampdown was launched after receiving reports of a plan by IS militants to attack the eastern and southern parts of Mosul.

“Search is still underway for other IS militants,” the source concluded.

Earlier in the day, a military source said paramilitary troops repelled an Islamic State attack west of Mosul, killing five militants.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced liberation of the second largest Iraqi city of Mosul from IS militants, who had captured it in 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

Since the city was declared free, security troops continue to comb it for hidden ISIS cells. Despite the victory over ISIS there in the city, observers say ISIS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

A government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, has been fighting the Islamic State group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014, Iraqi News reports.

Mosul has always been an easy target for Islamic State militants, who seek to take revenge from Iraqi security forces after they lost the city earlier this year.

A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured, excluding police, in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahuddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured.



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