Three Iraqi soldiers wounded while repelling Islamic State attack in Diyala

Unidentified gunmen attack a checkpoint of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi

Diyala ( Three Iraqi soldiers were wounded while repulsing an attack by Islamic State members in Diyala province, a security source was quoted saying on Friday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said, “three soldiers were wounded as they repelled an attack launched by IS militants near Berwana village, at the outskirts of Muqdadiya region in Diyala.”

The soldiers, according to the source, were taken to hospital for treatment.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.

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