Thirteen deaths occurred in Anbar governorate, western Iraq, according to Iraqi officials who said that army and police forces, aided by al-Obaid tribal fighters, repelled an attack by ISIL on al-Baghdadi district, 90 kilometers west of Ramadi city
“The attack which occurred in the northeastern part of the district – the near Euphrates River shore – left 13 ISIL militants dead,” emergency troop commander of al-Baghdadi district, Colonel Shaaban Barazan al-Obaidi, told The Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
“Snipers from the Iraqi security forces have killed four other ISIL militants in northeastern al-Baghdadi district.
Al-Obaidi said those killed had been trying to plant explosives on a bridge.
Three ISIL vehicles were also destroyed by international coalition airstrikes, al-Obaidi added.
In an earlier statement, provincial police chief Kazim Mohammed al-Fahdawi announced the death of 19 ISIL militants at the hands of Iraqi security forces in Ramadi city, the capital of Anbar province.
The claims from the Iraqi authorities have yet to be verified independently.
The ISIL terrorist group controls many areas of Anbar governorate and is now attempting to take complete control of Ramadi city.
The U.S. is leading an international coalition that has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria since the militant group took over Mosul, in northern Iraq, in June.