Three civilians killed in ISIS attack in northeast of Baghdad: police

Members of the Iraqi federal police stand guard as youths participate in the first children’s marathon run in the capital Baghdad on December 7, 2018. (AFP photo)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Three civilians were killed in an attack by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in northeast of Baghdad, state news agency INA reported on Saturday.

Diyala police command said ISIS militants targeted civilians and police units as they gathered around a site where an explosion occurred in al-Had al-Akhdar village in Baquba district on Saturday evening.

Three civilians were killed and a police officer was wounded in the attack, police said in a statement, according to INA.

National Iraqi news agency (NINA) reported four police officers were injured in the attack carried out by ISIS remnants using sniper rifles.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 but the militants have regrouped in the Hamrin mountain range which extends into the northern provinces – an area described by officials as a “triangle of death”.

Iraqi commanders have warned that the group has been regrouping in northern Iraq and relying on women to secure logistical support for their operatives in the Hamrin mountain range.

The area is caught between the jurisdictions of the Iraqi security forces and the Peshmerga forces.

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