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Daesh terrorists kill 11, injure 20 in attack in Iraq’s Diyala

The file photo shows a general view of Baqubah, the capital of Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala

The Iraqi military says the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has attacked a village in the eastern province of Diyala, leaving more than 30 people dead or injured.

The National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) cited a security source as saying on Tuesday that 11 people, including a woman, were killed and 20 others wounded in the attack by the terrorist group in Diyala.

The source said the casualties took place when the Daesh terrorists, armed with automatic weapons, stormed the village of Hawasha, near the town of Miqdadiyah.

"The village of al-Rashad or (al-Hawasha), southwest of Miqdadiyah, was attacked with medium weapons, followed by sniping, which led to the death and injury of a number of people," NINA also quoted a local source as saying.

The source said the attack was carried out by Daesh and described the assault as “the largest incident of its kind after 2014," when the area was invaded by the terrorist outfit.

Both sources said the area has been sealed off and reinforcements sent to hunt for the terrorists.

Iraq president, PM slam terrorist attack in Diyala

Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned the attack as a “cowardly act” aimed at destabilizing the country and called for a united front to eliminate the terrorist outfit.

“The cowardly terrorist incident against our people in Diyala is a despicable attempt to destabilize the country. It is a reminder of the need to unite the ranks, support our security services, close loopholes, and not underestimate the threat of Daesh and the importance of continuing the national effort to end its remnants in all the region,” he said in an Arabic-language tweet.

“Mercy and eternity to our righteous martyrs and a speedy recovery to our wounded.”

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi denounced the “heinous” act of terror in Diyala and promised to hold the perpetrators to account.

“We stand firm on our pledge that we will continue to chase terrorists inside and outside Iraq. The Miqdadiya crime will not go unpunished,” Kadhimi wrote in a tweet. “Their heinous crimes strengthen our determination to uproot them from Mesopotamia.”

The Iraqi prime minister announced earlier in the month that security forces had detained Sami Jasim, a top member of the Daesh terrorist group and deputy of slain leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Daesh began a terror campaign in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes in lightning attacks.

Iraq declared victory over Daesh in December 2017 after a three-year counter-terrorism military campaign, which also had the support of neighboring Iran.

The terror outfit’s remnants, though, keep staging sporadic attacks across Iraq, attempting to regroup and unleash fresh violence.

Daesh has intensified its terrorist attacks in Iraq since January 2020, when the United States assassinated top Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani and Hashd al-Sha'abi deputy commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, near Baghdad International Airport.

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