Baghdad: At least 10 civilians were killed and a dozen others were wounded in an attack by militants of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a provincial police source said.
"The latest report said ten people were killed and 12 wounded in Islamic State attack in the al-Rashad village on Tuesday," Alaa al-Saadi from the provincial police said. In an earlier report, al-Saadi said that the attack took place in the evening when Islamic State militants opened fire, from sniper rifles, on a group of civilians in the village of al-Rashad, some 110 km northeast of Iraq's capital Baghdad, the reports added.
According to him, Iraqi security forces rushed to the scene and launched a search operation in the area in search of the attackers. IS militants have increased their attacks on Iraqi security forces in the provinces they previously controlled in recent months, killing and wounding dozens of people.
Since Iraqi forces defeated ISIS in 2017, the security situation in the country has improved. Islamic State remnants, on the other hand, have melted into urban centres, deserts, and rugged areas, launching guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians on a regular basis.