9 killed in northern Iraq attacks

Three separate attacks killed 9 people in northern Iraq.

9 killed in northern Iraq attacks
World Bulletin / News Desk
At least nine people, including soldiers and pro-government militiamen, were killed in three separate incidents in northern Iraq, security officials said Monday.
A group of unidentified gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in Safra village in the southwestern Kirkuk province, killing three soldiers and injuring five others, a security source told Anadolu Agency.

Elsewhere in the province, unidentified gunmen gunned down two members of the pro-government Al-Sahwa militia near the village of Shamsiya in southern Kirkuk, the source said.

Southern and southwestern Kirkuk have recently been plagued by attacks on security personnel by groups.

A military official confirmed that a local leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group had been killed – along with three colleagues – in a security operation in the Saladin province's Suleiman Beik neighborhood.

"A joint army-police force carried out an operation late Sunday during which the ISIL leader in Suleiman Beik and three companions were killed in a gunfight," Abdel-Amir al-Zaidi of the army-run Tigris Operations Command told Anadolu Agency.

Taleb Mohamed, a local official, said last week that ISIL members had assumed control of the neighborhood after capturing a number of surrounding villages.

Col. Jassim Mahmoud Hassan of the Tigris Operations Command told AA later, however, that the Iraqi army had successfully regained control of the neighborhood after flushing ISIL militants out of the area.
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