6 Iraqi people killed as IS mortar attack strikes pitch in Kirkuk

Mortar Shell. File photo.

Kikruk ( – Six Iraqi people were killed when Islamic State militants launched a mortar attack on a pitch in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk on Saturday night.

“A bunch of Islamic State terrorists fired RPG rockets and medium-range weapons at a pitch in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk, leaving six people dead,” the Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a press statement Sunday.

“The mortar attack also left nine people wounded,” added the statement.

The Iraqi military announced on Saturday that two Islamic State terrorists were arrested in Kirkuk province.

“Acting on intelligence information, troops of the Iraqi Military Intelligence Directorate caught two Islamic State terrorists in al-Qassem and June First districts in Kirkuk,” Iraqi TV channel Alsumaria TV quoted the directorate as saying in a press release.

“The pair were tasked with equipping hotbeds of the Islamic State terrorist group on the outskirts of Kirkuk,” the statement read.

Kirkuk officials previously urged reinforcing military troops in the south and west of the province, as the region still has Islamic State members who escaped during liberation of Hawija to remote areas.

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