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Iraq: 12 members of same family killed by Islamic State
03 Jun 2018
A family of 12 members, including women and children, has been killed in an attack by Islamic State terrorists on a northern Iraqi village, officials said.
Ammar Hekmat, the Deputy Governor of the Salahuddin province, has confirmed the attack in the village of al-Farahatiyah.
However, officials said it was not immediately clear why the terror outfit targeted the family.
Not sure if one family member was police officer: Official
"We're not sure if one of the family members was a police officer, but IS has a presence in desert areas like Salahuddin, Mosul, and Diyala," an Iraqi intelligence official said.
"They carry out attacks in villages outside the cities to scare families and remind them they are still there," the official added. The official spoke on condition of anonymity.
About IS attacks in Iraq
The Iraqi security forces have driven Islamic State from virtually all the territory it once controlled, but the terror outfit has continued carrying out sporadic attacks, mainly targeting security forces.