KIRKUK — Three members of Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga forces died on Friday as a result of improvised explosive device that went off in Kirkuk province, according to a local security source.
“Two bombs went off while Peshmerga forces were conducting a security patrol on the outskirts of the town of Daquq,” Kamran Mahmoud, a Kurdish officer, told Anadolu Agency.
According to Mahmoud, three Peshmerga troops, including one officer, were killed in the blast which had been planted by Islamic State (IS) militants.
IS militants still control a large pocket south-west of Kirkuk province, which includes the districts of Hawija, Al-Riyadh and Al-Zab. However, Peshmerga forces have controlled the rest of the province since the Iraqi army withdrew from the area ahead of emergence of IS in 2014.