World Bulletin / News Desk
Army Major Ghazwan Hassan said that two ISIL suicide bombers had targeted a checkpoint set up near the entrance of Saladin’s southern city of Samarra, killing two policemen and injuring three Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen.
The Hashd al-Shaabi is a mostly Shia fighting force that was formally incorporated into the Iraqi armed forces late last year.
On the same day, according to Hassan, five other ISIL suicide bombers attacked a second checkpoint in the nearby town of Ishaqi, located some 20 kilometers north of Samarra.
No casualties, however, were reported in the second attack.
In recent days, ISIL -- which overran much of northern and western Iraq in mid-2014 -- has stepped up its attacks in Saladin.