2 security members killed, 3 wounded in IS attack in Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-16 16:54:23|Editor: huaxia

BAGHDAD, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Two security members were killed and three others wounded Saturday in an attack by Islamic State (IS) militants in Salahudin province in northern Iraq, a provincial police source said.

The extremist IS militants opened fire from their assault rifles on a joint police and army checkpoint on a main road in south of the provincial capital Tikrit, located about 170 km north of Baghdad, Mohammed al-Bazi told Xinhua.

The attack resulted in the killing of a soldier and a policeman and the wounding of three security members, al-Bazi said, adding that the attackers fled the scene to nearby orchards.

The security situation in Iraq has been improving since Iraqi security forces fully defeated the IS militants across the country late in 2017.

However, IS militants are still able to hide in deserts, rugged areas as well as in Himreen mountain range which extends in the provinces of Diyala, Salahudin and Kirkuk, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians despite repeated operations to hunt them down. Enditem