ERBIL - The jihadist group of Islamic State (IS) on Monday night killed a Kurdish man and his wife in the disputed Kurdish town of Khanaqin, Diyala province, an official has confirmed.
The incident took place near the village of Tafraqa in Khanaqin where the insurgents opened fire at the vehicle of the Kurdish couple, killing both of them instantly, Khalil Khwdad, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan's (PUK) representative in the area, told BasNews.
"A child of the the family has managed to survive the attack," the official noted.
Khalid Jalab, a spokesperson for Khanaqin Hospital, also confirmed the report to BasNews.
In a similar incident on the same day, a number of unidentified armed men abducted an Arab farmer in Tuz Khurmatu town, Kurdistan 24 cited its corespondent in the region.
Speaking to the report, Talib Mohammed, head of local administration in the district of Sileman Bag, accused the IS militants of being behind the abduction.
The new incidents came hours after two Kurdish Kakayis, who had been kidnapped on Sunday, were found dead in Khanaqin.
The two men were reportedly working on their farms before they were abducted by the gunmen near the village of Ali Agha.
Since the withdrawal of the US forces in some of its bases in Iraq, there has been an increase in IS activities in the country.