Daesh at­tacks kill 10 in north­ern Iraq


KIRKUK, Iraq: Daesh ter­ror­ists killed at least 10 peo­ple in­clud­ing a lo­cal tribal sheikh in two sep­a­rate at­tacks late on Sun­day in Iraq’s north­ern prov­inces of Mo­sul and Kirkuk, po­lice and lo­cal of­fi­cials said.

In a village near the town of Shirqat, south of Mo­sul, ex­trem­ists stormed the house of a tribal sheikh who led a mili­tia that had fought against the mil­i­tants, killing him, his son and two guests, po­lice sources said.

Daesh, which had seized con­trol of much of north­ern Iraq in 2014, lost Shirqat to US-backed Iraqi se­cu­rity forces sup­ported by Sunni tribal fight­ers in 2016. How­ever, a small number of mil­i­tants are still op­er­at­ing in the area and are ca­pa­ble of launch­ing spo­radic at­tacks, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said.

In the town of Ni­jana, south of the oil city of Kirkuk, five mem­bers of one fam­ily were killed by mil­i­tants who set up a fake se­cu­rity check­point on a main road. The fam­ily were Shi­ite Turk­men — a fa­ther who is an Iraqi sol­dier, his preg­nant wife, his two chil­dren and his brother-in­law.

Lo­cal po­lice said their five charred corpses were found inside the burned-out car, af­ter the mil­i­tants fled the scene. Two po­lice of­fi­cers ac­cused Daesh of car­ry­ing out the at­tack.

An­other passer-by was also killed inside his car dur­ing the at­tack, said po­lice sources.

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