Ten Islamic State bodies found on borders between Diyala, Salahuddin: Commander

Iraqi soldiers carry weapons during an operation against Islamic State militants in the neighbourhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul, Iraq, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Diyala ( Number of Islamic State bodies found between Diyala and Salahuddin borders have reached 10, a commander said on Saturday.

“Security troops of Dijla Operations Command found in the morning, today, five IS members inside a rest house in al-Mayta region, between Diyala and Salahuddin. In the evening, five other IS bodies were killed in airstrike in the same region,” Maj. Gen. Mazhar al-Azawi, commander of Dijla Operations Command, told Alghad Press.

“Security troops managed to blow up two booby-trapped houses at the boundaries of al-Mayta region,” he added.

“The operations of combing Mutaibija and areas in its vicinity will resume until tomorrow until all targets are achieved and areas on the borders are controlled,” Azzawi added.

Earlier on the day, the Dijla Operations Command said joint troops of Dijla and Samarra operations as well as the PMFs and tribes, backed by army jets, launched a military operation to purge Mutaibija region, on borders between Diyala and Salahuddin provinces.

The operation, according to the statement, will include several regions in the vicinity of Mutaibija, including al-Mayta, al-Bu Janaan, Hawi al-Udhaim and Um Talil. The operation targets security and combing the borders between the two provinces.

On Friday, news reports said two persons were killed, while six others were wounded in a suicide attack that was launched against Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) in al-Howeish region, northwest of Samarra.

Also on the same day, army jets destroyed two IS rest houses in al-Mayta region, located on borders between Diyala and Salahuddin, leaving 10 Islamic State members killed.

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