4 IS militants, 2 paramilitary soldiers killed in bomb attacks in Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-23 19:15:08|Editor: huaxia

BAGHDAD, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Four Islamic State (IS) militants and two paramilitary Hashd Shaabi members were killed on Friday in bomb attacks in Salahudin province north of capital Baghdad, the Iraqi military said.

The IS militants were killed when a roadside bomb went off near their vehicle in Salahudin province, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement without further details.

Also in the province, another roadside bomb struck in the morning a Hashd Shaabi vehicle in al-Eith area near the town of Himreen in the east of the provincial capital Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, Mohammed Khalil al-Bazi, from Salahudin's provincial police, told Xinhua.

The blast destroyed the vehicle and killed two Hashd Shaabi members aboard, al-Bazi said.

The two were inspecting combat positions when the attack occurred, he added.

The attack came as the extremist IS militants have intensified their attacks on the security forces and civilians in the formerly IS-controlled provinces, resulting in the killing and wounding of dozens.

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 remnants have since melted in urban areas or deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians. Enditem