In a week, IS militants attacked security forces in Naft Khana, Khanaqin, three times

Khanaqin, Diyala Province, gunmen killed a father and his son and wounded nine persons, February 13, 2020. Photo:Amir Khanaqini

Layla Ahmad- Khanaqin

Within a week, the Islamic State group (IS) has targeted the Naft Khana area in Khanaqin, Diyala province, three times, killing a Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) soldier and wounding three.

They targeted the first PMF brigade in their latest attack on the evening of March 30, which lasted for an hour, according to Sajad E’lami, PMF spokesperson in Khanaqin.

E’lami said, “the clash started at 10:15 p.m. near to Kani Masi Bchwk village, which is surrounded by military checkpoints. The IS militants attacked one of the checkpoints, resulting in the martyrdom of a PMF and wounding two.”

In recent days, the IS targeted PMF in Banmili. Even though the clash was not intensive, a PMF was injured, according to E’lami.

An employee of the Naft Khana oil field, who preferred to remain anonymous, stated people are concerned about increasing IS activities, and the region cannot be controlled.

“A few days ago, the IS militants attacked the security cameras of Naft Khana that are set to observe the IS activities,” the source stated.

On March 9, near Ali Sa’dun village in northwestern Khanaqin, IS attacked a PMF checkpoint, resulting in the killing of an Iraqi Security Force soldier and a PMF member and wounding two.


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