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Officials: Civilians Among 10 Dead In Iraq Attack Blamed on ISIS

Officials: Civilians Among 10 Dead In Iraq Attack Blamed on ISIS

Friday, 3 December, 2021 - 08:00
Military vehicles of the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) are seen during the fight with ISIS fighters in Tal Afar, Iraq, August 25, 2017.Reuters

At least three civilians and seven Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been killed in northern Iraq in an attack blamed on ISIS, the forces said Friday.

The militants attacked the village of Khidir Jija, south of Erbil, late Thursday, killing three civilians, a statement said.

The peshmerga, Kurdistan's armed forces, launched an operation in response, and seven fighters died when "an explosive device planted by ISIS elements" blew up.

The three civilians, siblings aged 11-24, were children of a village official, a relative told AFP.

ISIS seized swathes of Iraq in a lightning offensive in 2014, before being beaten back by a counter-insurgency campaign supported by a US-led military coalition.

The Iraqi government declared the ISIS group defeated in late 2017, but the militants retain sleeper cells which continue to strike security forces with hit-and-run attacks.

Late last month, five Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters were killed and four wounded in a roadside bombing claimed by ISIS.

That bombing, south of the city of Sulaimaniyah, underlined the "serious threat" ISIS still poses to the Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, the region's prime minister Masrour Barzani said at the time.

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