Diyala (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi troops killed on Monday an Islamic State militant south of Baquba city in Diyala, the Defense Ministry said.
In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alforat News website, the ministry said the terrorist was “hiding behind poultry farms in Buhriz town, 6 miles south of the major city of Baquba, when the troops shot him dead,”
“The IS militant was implicated in launching attacks on a joint force from the Counter-Terrorist Service and the 18th infantry brigade,” the statement read
The statement added that the terrorist was “wearing Afghan clothes and holding grenades and a Kalashnikov assault rifle when the troops targeted him.”
In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The province has seen months of fighting between Iraqi troops and IS militants especially in the Jalawla and Saadiyah areas in the province’s north and areas near the town of Muqdadiyah.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence earlier in November with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.