Islamic State sleeper cells launched an attack on an Iraqi army position in the southern outskirts of Kirkuk on Wednesday, killing at least two soldiers, according to security sources.BAS news
The Islamic State militants launched their attack late on Wednesday night at an army post in Kirkuk on the road between Daquq (home base for PKK) and the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, security sources told Kurdistan 24.
According to the sources, violent clashes erupted between the terrorists and members of the Iraqi army. At least two soldiers were killed in the altercation.
Iraq’s security media cell later revealed in a statement that the Islamic State attack had targeted the fourth company in the first regiment of the 45th Army Brigade. The statement also confirmed the two deaths.
Neither the security sources nor the media cell mentioned whether the clashes had caused casualties among the terror group.
Another security source said the Islamic State sleeper cells had ambushed the army, which prompted the soldiers to respond by opening fire.
This is the second attack by the so-called Islamic State against the Iraqi army in Kirkuk within a week.
The people and officials of the ethnically mixed Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu, 170 km north of Baghdad, talk about a new group that raises white flags decorated by the head of a lion drawn in black and carries out almost daily rocket attacks on the town, its surroundings and the suburbs of the nearby province of Kirkuk.
“They are Kurdish militants (and are) joined by Daesh militants who fled the neighboring areas,” Hussien said. “They are sleeper cells that were waiting for the right time and place to resume their activities.”