There have been reports of a repeat attack by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Police and a local official said six Iraqi security personnel and three civilians were killed in an attack Saturday by the Islamic State group. A police source said that a car collided with a roadside explosive and then the policemen and paramilitary forces rescue team jihadists fired at the spot, about 200 km (120 mi) from the capital.
Zoya Mayor Mohammed Zidan, 50 km from the city of Tikrit, told the news agency AFP that the attack killed four members of Hashed al-Shaabi and two policemen, including three civilians.
There were no reports of any casualties among the attackers in the attack but told the Zidan agency that among the casualties, mainly Shia forces were Sunni tribals. But the mayor and the police say that the attack was the work of the Islamic State (IS) jihadists, although no such responsibility has been taken on their behalf. Earlier, on November 8, eleven people were killed in an IS attack on a lookout post in al-Radwania near Baghdad Airport on the outskirts of the capital.
IS had spread to one-third of Iraq in 2014, occupying major cities in the north and west and reaching the capital’s suburbs. Iraq was then defeated by IS in late 2017, after three years of fierce fighting backed by a US-led military alliance.
This year this military alliance has dragged its troops down considerably. Meanwhile, IS’s sleeper cells have continued to carry out hit-and-run attacks on security forces and the state’s infrastructure, particularly in desert areas where the military is a bit underfunded.