ERBIL — Islamic State (IS) militants on Wednesday night attacked the Iraqi Army forces in north of the country’s capital, official sources and media reports confirmed.
The attack targeted the 11th squad of the Iraqi Army at its base in Rashidiya district, near the village of Abdulla Fayadh.
Media reports said heavy confrontations broke out between the army and IS fighters, and warplanes were sent to help repel the insurgents.
Hours earlier, IS had raided another base of the Iraqi Army in Salahaddin province. Initial reports said at least two soldiers were killed and several others sustained injuries.
IS has increased terrorist attacks over the past two days.
On Tuesday night, the extremist group attacked Rashad, in Miqdadiyah district of Diyala province, killing 12 civilians and injuring 15 others. Hours later, another armed attack targeted a nearby village and left seven other people killed.
Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi soon condemned the attack in Diyala and promised to bring those responsible to justice.
The attack was also denounced by Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani who reminded that IS “remains a threat to regional peace and coexistence and requires a collective, regional response.”