Islamic State sniper wounds two Iraqi soldiers in Diyala

Islamic State militants. File photo

Diyala ( – Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded on Saturday night when an Islamic State sniper opened fire at them in Diyala province, a local source was quoted as saying.

“A security checkpoint located at the entrance of Hamrin basin, 54 km northeast of Baqubah, came under a sniper attack by Islamic State militants late last night,” the source told Baghdad Today news website on Sunday.

“Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded as a result of the attack,” added the source, warning that the sniper attacks by Islamic State militants have claimed the lives of several security forces in the past months.

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.


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