ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) militants attacked Hashd al-Shaabi militias and Iraqi forces in Salahuddin province on the Iraqi-Syrian border on Friday evening.
IS suicide bombers attacked on Friday evening Saraya al-Salam (Peace Brigades) within Hashd al-Shaabi in al-Howeish district west of Salahuddin province.
Two militias from the Peace Brigades were killed and six others were injured by the suicide attackers.
Iraqi security sources quoted a security source as saying that Saraya al-Salam militiamen responded to the attack and repelled it before the IS attackers could reach the targets.
The clashes between the two sides resulted in the deaths of two members of Hashd al-Shaabi and three IS militants, the sources said, adding that the situation is under control.
Elsewhere, Hashd al-Shaabi militias came under a large-scale attack by the IS gunmen on Iraqi-Syrian border. The attack was aimed at breaking the defensive line of the border strip from Sinjar, 120 km north-west of Mosul.
Mahdi Salih, a commander from Hashd al-Shaabi, said that the attackers used seven vehicles carrying armed men and static weapons to break the defense line of the border, adding that the entire strip is being protected and monitored by the forces stationed across the border as well as patrols.
He added that the militants took advantage of the weather conditions and low temperatures to carry out their attack and that the clashes lasted more than four hours.
He confirmed that the militants fired mortars and targeted the forces stationed on the border.
Furthermore, casualties have been reported on both sides.