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Iraqi forces kill 50 Daesh terrorists in Salahuddin province

5 July 2016 7:38

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At least 50 members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed while 40 other arrested in a series of counter-terrorism operations against the extremists across Iraq.

Lieutenant General Abdul Ghani al-Assadi, the commander of Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces, said on Monday that the terrorists were killed during a high-scale military operation in the town of al-Shirqat in northern Salahuddin province, Lebanon’s alAhed news website reported.

The commander added that the Iraqi forces also repelled a massive attack by Daesh terrorists near the same troubled region.

Meanwhile, Iraq’s National Intelligence Service announced that security forces had detained at least 40 terrorists during a crackdown on militants’ hideouts in north and south of the capital, Baghdad.

Twin bomb explosions rock Baghdad neighborhoods 

Also on Monday, two separate bomb attacks claimed the lives of at least four people and injured a dozen others near Baghdad.

In the first attack, at least two people lost their lives and nine others sustained injures after an explosive device went off in a busty market in Latifiyah area, which is located 50 kilometers south of Baghdad.


Iraqis gather on July 4, 2016 around a building damaged by a bombing attack which took place a day earlier in Baghdad. (AFP photo)

Separately, Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman, Brigadier General Saad Maan, announced that two members of security forces were killed and three others sustained injuries after a bomber detonated his explosive vest at a security checkpoint in the town of Saab al-Bour, located approximately 29 kilometers northwest of the capital.

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq says a total of 662 Iraqis were killed and another 1,457 were wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in June.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by violence ever since Daesh Takfiri militants began their march through the Iraqi territory in June 2014.

Army soldiers and Popular Mobilization Units have joined forces, seeking to take back militant-held regions.

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