Civilian killed, others injured in IS attack against Kakai minority in Kirkuk

Displaced families. File photo.

Kirkuk ( Civilians were killed and injured in an attack launched by Islamic State militants against a village for Kakai people, south of Kirkuk, a security source said.

Speaking to Baghdad Today on Wednesday, the source said, “an attack launched by IS against Sayed Walid Qalhani village, left one civilian killed.”

“The village, which targeted the village, located in Daquq, left people wounded as well,” the source said, adding that “confrontations against the militants are still ongoing.”

Iraqi troops, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces, took over Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters on Tuesday, fulfilling instructions made earlier by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to retake areas where sovereignty is disputed with Kurdistan Region’s Government.

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.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

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