Several dead in Iraq attack blamed on IS group, security sources say

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At least 11 people were killed Tuesday night in an attack on a village in eastern Iraq blamed on the Islamic State group, security sources said.

The attack on Al-Rashad in Diyala province left “11 dead and 13 injured,” a local security source said.

Another said civilians were among those killed by small arms fire in the village, where many members of the security services live.

The area has been cordoned off and reinforcements sent to hunt down the attackers, the first source said.

The two sources said that most of the villagers belong to the same Bani Tamim tribe as the governor of Diyala province.

IS took control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014, but its “caliphate” then collapsed under successive attacks.

Iraq declared itself defeated in 2017 and the group was crushed in neighboring Syria in 2019.

But the jihadist threat remains and the group continues to carry out attacks.

A UN report released earlier this year estimated that around 10,000 IS fighters remained active in Iraq and Syria.

In early September, 13 Iraqi Federal Police officers were killed in an IS attack on their checkpoint near the northern town of Kirkuk.

In July, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a market in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, Sadr City, in which around 30 people died.

Earlier this month, authorities announced two major arrests outside Iraq: that of the planner of an IS-claimed 2016 attack that killed 320 in Baghdad, and that of the alleged financial chief ISIS, Sami Jasim al-Jaburi.

(AFP)

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