ISIS attack kills 11 people in Diyala province – military

Iraqi security forces launch a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State near the village of Sharween, in Diyala province, Iraq on January 22 2015. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Eleven people were killed in an attack carried out by Islamic State (ISIS) on a village in Diyala province late on Tuesday, the Iraqi military said.

Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said ISIS militants attacked Hawasha village near the town of Miqdadiyah on Tuesday night, targeting “defenseless civilians”.

Security and medical sources said unknown gunmen killed 11 people and injured 15 others in the attack, according to Reuters.

Police in Diyala said at least six people were injured.

Reuters cited police as saying that the gunmen used several vehicles and semi-automatic guns in their attack.

In 2017 Baghdad announced victory over Islamic State (ISIS), and attacks in Iraqi cities have since become much rarer, although troops continue to fight ISIS sleeper cells in mountainous and desert areas.

The militants still mount deadly operations, mostly at night and in remote areas.

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