ISIS militants attack civilians, Iraqi military in Diyala – official, source

Iraqi forces search the area in Tarmiyah, 35 kilometers (20 miles) north of Baghdad on February 20, 2021. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked civilians and the security forces in a village in Diyala province, injuring two, an official and a security source said on Wednesday.

A security source said the militants shelled the village of Islah on the outskirts of Jalawla district late on Tuesday, according to Shafaq News.

Two women were injured in the mortar shelling, the source added.

Meanwhile, Asayish (security) assistant in Kokis Shamal Abdulrahman said a group of ISIS militants attacked the Iraqi military in Islah village, north of Jalawla.

Casualties remained unclear.

The Islamic State remnants have increased attacks against civilians and Iraqi forces in the disputed territories, claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad.

The militants attacked Dugishmani village in Taza Khurmatu sub-district, located in 26 kilometers of southwest of Kirkuk, on Tuesday, killing livestock and burning several vehicles and tractors.

On Sunday, the militants also attacked a military point in Hawija district, killing a federal policeman and destroyed four vehicles.

In 2017 Baghdad announced victory over the militant group, 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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