IS attack in north Iraq kills three, wounds four others

IS attack in northern Iraq leaves three dead, more wounded
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11 September, 2021
A second attack by IS in less than a week in northern Iraq left soldiers and tribal force members killed.
Despite being defeated, smaller IS pockets remain active in Iraq [Getty]

An attack by the Islamic State group in a northern Iraqi village on Saturday killed at least three and wounded four others according to local security sources, in the second such attack in less than a week.

The militants began shelling Al-Khattab in the Nineveh governorate with mortars and then proceeded to attack a number of houses, before detonating an explosive device that targeted an armed tribal group that was heading to the village.

An Iraqi police officer, his brother, and a member of the so-called 'Tribal Mobilisation' force were killed, while four other tribal members were wounded, the sources said who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The area was swept by security forces following the attack.

Three Iraqi soldiers were killed in an IS attack last Sunday in the city of Makhmur, located in close proximity to Al-Khattab.

IS militants also attacked an Iraqi military force in the eastern province of Diyala Friday night.

Once in control of large swathes of territory in Iraq, IS was declared defeated in the war-torn country in 2017, but small pockets and members remain active especially in the mountainous north.

A security campaign to get rid of these cells has been ongoing for months.