Mortar attack kills two Iraqi civilians in Baqubah city

Paramilitary fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. Picture taken January 25, 2015. REUTERS

Diyala ( – Two Iraqi civilians were killed and three others wounded in a mortal attack on a village in the Iraqi city of Baqubah, a security source said.

In statements to the Palestinian Wattan news agency, the source said that several mortar shells fell on a village on the outskirts of Buhrez district, south of Baqubah, killing two people and wounding three others.

All the wounded were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment, added the source.

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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