Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) The Kurdish Peshmerga troops repelled on Sunday an Islamic State attack at the outskirts of Kirkuk province.
“IS militants launched an attack against the main headquarter of the Kakai kurdish troops deployed in Zakalawiya, located in Daquq, which was repulsed by the troops,” Cap. Souran Hassan, Kurdish commander told Xendan news website.
However, Hassan indicated sporadic shooting in the region after the attack was repelled.
Meanwhile a security source from Kirkuk said a Peshmerga fighter was wounded by an IS sniper in Daquq.
On Friday, the militants attacked the troops deployed in the same region in the evening, which left three fighters killed and seven others wounded.
Pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk are still held by the Islamic State posing threats to the liberated regions.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said 518 Iraqis were killed and injured during the month of July. Nineveh province was the most affected governorate with 233 casualties, Baghdad came next then Anbar.