Mayor killed in armed attack by Islamic State, south of Mosul

Islamic State militants.

Nineveh ( A mayor has been killed in an armed attack carried out by Islamic State members, south of Mosul, a police officer from Nineveh police said on Sunday.

Speaking to BasNews, Cap. Amir Wathiq said “armed militants of Islamic State broke into the house of Ismail abdul Wahed [mayor of al-Athba village] and killed him before running away toward unknown destination.”

Security troops “transferred the victim’s body to forensic medicine department and conducted investigations,” he added.
The attack is the second in less than three days, as the militant group targeted a mayor in Hatra on Friday and killed him along with his son and another civilian.

A total of 90 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 117 others were injured due to acts of violence and terrorism during the month of August, according to the monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 77 civilian casualties (24 killed and 53 injured.) Then comes Nineveh with 39 casualties (29 killed and 10 injured). Anbar came in the third place with 32 casualties (6 killed and 26 injured).

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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