Diyala (IraqiNews.com) One soldier was killed, while two others were wounded due to an attack launched by Islamic State militants against checkpoint located east of Abu Saida town in Diyala province, the security committee said.
Speaking to AlSumaria News on Saturday, Awwad al-Rubaie, a member of the security committee at Diyala province, said on Saturday “IS militants attacked the army security checkpoint between abu Karma and Gelbi from Abu Saida direction. One soldier was killed, while two others were injured.”
“The crime committed by IS shows its dangers and presence at several agricultural lands,” Rubaie said urging security services to “carry out military operations to end presence of extremist groups and boost security.”
Several regions and agricultural lands in Abu Saida witness attacks by IS fighters.
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.
According to a monthly count released on Thursday by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, violence and armed conflicts left 824 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of May.
Nineveh came on top of the most affected governorates with 354 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 470 injured. Baghdad came in second place with 86 victims and 22 injured. Anbar came third with a total of 136 casualties (47 killed and 89 injured)
The total number of victims marked a rise from 317 Iraqis in April. In March, the victims reached 1115, according to UNAMI.