13 civilians killed, eight wounded in several attacks in Diyala

Iraqi government forces in Hamreen Mountains in Diyala.

Diyala ( Thirteen civilians were killed, while eight others, including Islamic State militants, were wounded in violent attacks that occurred in several regions in Diyala, security officials and eyewitnesses said on Thursday.

DPA news agency quoted sources as saying that IS militants stormed house of an air force agent in Qurret Tabah village, northeast of Baqubah, and shot him dead in front of his family.

In a market in al-Hadi district in Abu Sayda village, northeast of Baqubah, a bomb blast left two civilians killed and two others wounded, the sources added.

Another bomb placed on the side of the road leading to Jalawla town exploded while an Iraqi army patrol was passing, killing three soldiers and injuring two others, according to the sources.

Meanwhile, Iraqi army, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) carried out a military operation in al-Burda region, in the depth of Hamreen mountains, killing four militants and destroying a booby-trapped vehicle.

In related news, the sources added that unknown gunmen opened fire against three civilians at each of al-Asri, al-Tami and al-Tikiya al-Thaniya districts in central Baqubah and Muqdadiyah.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

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