Security repulses IS attack against oilfield in Diyala

Iraqi government forces in Hamreen Mountains in Diyala.

Diyala ( Security troops foiled an attack by Islamic State militants against an oilfield in Hamreen mountains, an official said.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, Col. Khaled al-Qaisi, commander of oil police, said on Tuesday “IS launched an attack against Federal Police troops in charge of securing Ogail oilfield, located at Hamreen mountains.”

The militants, according to Qaisi, “fired several mortar missiles against military units, without casualties reported.”

“Troops were able to repel the attack,”Qaisi said adding that the situation is under control.

Last week, two tribal fighters were wounded as two bombs exploded consecutively on an agricultural road near Sherwin basin, east of Baqubah. Four members of one family were wounded in a bomb blast that occurred northeast of Diyala.

Attacks launched by Islamic State militants against security troops, the pro-government forces and civilians surged over the past few weeks in northeast of Diyala, which urge the Iraqi forces to prevent the militants infiltration between Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, especially the regions stretching along Hamreen mountains and Al-Azeem town.

IS holds pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, posing threats to the liberated regions.

IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

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