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Official: life paralyzed at Diyala village as Islamic State snipers shoot on

 Official: life paralyzed at Diyala village as Islamic State snipers shoot on

Unidentified gunmen during an armed attack. File photo.

Unidentified gunmen during an armed attack. File photo.

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Civilians at a village in Diyala province are still threatened by Islamic State sniper for a second week as Iraq declared final victory over the militant group, according to a local official.

Udai al-Khadran, mayor of al-Khales (15 km north of Baqubah) told Alsumaria News that “Islamic State snipers, scattered above the hills of Mubarak al-Farhan village, on the borders between Diyala and Salahuddin, paralyze civilians’ movement and prevent them from reaching their farmlands”.

Mubarak al-Farhan is one of the villages recaptured by Iraqi security during the campaign to eliminate Islamic State’s self-styled “caliphate”. It falls within the administrative borders of Salahuddin province, and is located very close to the Mutaibija Basin, a longtime hotbed for Islamic State militants.

Thousands of Islamic State militants and Iraqi civilians were killed since Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S-led coalition, launched an offensive to clear IS-held regions in 2016.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State last Saturday, but many warn that the group still poses a security threat with sleeper cells. Iraqi security forces continue to clear recaptured areas from militants’ cells, while militants carry out occasional attacks on civilians and security troops.

 

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