Islamic State militants kill 2 army soldiers, wound others in Iraq’s Diyala

Security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State during sand storm in Ramadi. (AP Photo)

Diyala ( – An Iraqi security source said on Tuesday that two army personnel were killed and two others injured in an attack that was launched last night by Islamic State in the province of Diyala.

Speaking to the privately-owned Dijlah TV channel, the source said that a group of Islamic State fighters launched an armed attack last night on Taha al-Rashed village, south of Buhriz, in Diyala province.

“The attack left two army personnel dead, and two others wounded, including an officer,” the source added.

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.

The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city. Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.

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