5 civilians wounded in Islamic State attack against borders between Diyala, Salahuddin

Iraqi government forces in Hamreen Mountains in Diyala.

Diyala ( Five civilians, including two women, were wounded in an attack launched by Islamic State against borders between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, a local official said on Thursday.

“Islamic State militants, launched, today, an attack against Mubarak al-Farhan village, on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin,” Odai al-Khadran, mayor of al-Khales town, told AlSumaria News. “Confrontations occurred between the militants and the residents, which left five civilians, including two women, injured.”

The situation, according to Khadran, “is under control after the militants ran away.”

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

A report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said 94 Iraqis were killed, while 163 others were wounded due to Violence and armed conflicts during the month of May.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June, 2014.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014. However, the group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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