Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Fourteen Islamic State militants and security personnel were killed as confrontations broke out in south of Kirkuk, a security source said on Tuesday.
“Al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] invaded Kadamat village, south of Kirkuk, where confrontations occurred against IS militants,” the source told Baghdad Today. “Troops managed to kill 10 IS members.”
Moreover, the clashes “left four PMFs personnel killed,” according to the source.
“The operation was carried out to comb the regions between Kadamat and the borders of al-Rashad, southwest of Kirkuk, and follow the militant group’s pockets,” the source said.
Operations were launched in late September to liberate Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, before Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced freeing the town in October.
Iraqi troops managed to retake several Islamic State strongholds including Mosul and Tal Afar in Nineveh, Hawija in Kirkuk and Annah and Qaim in Anbar.
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.
114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.
Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.