Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) Twelve Islamic State militants, three Kurdish fighters were wounded as Peshmerga forces repelled an attack by the extremists in Tuz Khurmatu, east of Salahuddin.
“IS militants launched an attack against Tuz Khurmatu,” an anonymous source told AlSumaria News. “Three Peshmerga fighters, included Khurmatu commander Abdullah Bor were wounded by a bomb blast.”
“Clashes occurred between Peshmerga forces and IS militants in Heleiwa village, west of Khurmatu, lasting for hours,” the source said. “The troops repulsed the attack killing 12 militants.”
In a press conference, Bor, who was wounded in the head, said “We instructed battling against the militants after being informed about the attack.”
IS launched a similar attack in mid-May in Khurmatu, which was repelled by the Peshmerga and the paramilitary troops.
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.
Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis, and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
Nineveh, where U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops are caught up in battles against Islamic State militants in Mosul since October, came on top of the most affected governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured). Baghdad Governorate came next with 55 killed and 179 injured. Salahuddin came third, with 15 killed and 43 injured.