ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and five more injured in an Islamic State ambush during an army search campaign in Tarmiyah district, north of Baghdad, security and health sources said.
It is the latest attack by the extremist group that took place in Baghdad province’s Tarmiyah district, which had been an important stronghold for the Islamic State following the fall of the dictatorship system in Iraq in 2003.
Local reports claimed eight Iraqi soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded, but security and hospital sources told Kurdistan 24 only three were killed, and five injured.
A high military ranking officer was among the casualties, the sources added without offering furthers details.
Following the attack, ambulances dispatched to the scene and transferred the victims to nearby hospitals.
Iraq declared victory against the Islamic State in late 2017, but the group continues to launch insurgency attacks, ambushes, and kidnappings.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany