Tuesday, 11 May 2021 12:36 GMT

Iraq: IS assault leaves 7 Kurdish security members dead

( MENAFN ) A provincial police source stated that on Saturday, May. 1 seven members of a Kurdish security force, identified as Peshmerga, lost their lives and two were injured in an assault conducted by members of Islamic State (IS) outfit in the northern province of Kirkuk.

The source said Xinhua on condition of remaining anonymous that the assault occurred at dawn when IS rebels raided the sites of Peshmerga close to the namesake provincial capital Kirkuk, around 250 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

According to the source, an unidentified number of IS rebels died by the violent fighting that followed, further saying that Kurdish reinforcements reached the site while the assailants left to a close mountainous area.

The assault came hours after an overnight roadside bomb assault by IS rebels on the Iraqi army in Tarmiyah area, around 30 km north of Baghdad. A report by the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said that the bomb assault left four soldiers dead and another two injured.

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