A local leader of the Daesh group and two of his aides were killed, Tuesday, in an air strike in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, a provincial security source, said.

Acting on intelligence reports, the Iraqi aircraft bombarded a Daesh hideout, in the al-Khayzarana area, some 80 km north-east of the provincial capital, Baquba, killing the three militants and destroying the hideout with tunnels, the source said.

Despite repeated military operations in the Diyala province, remnants of the Daesh militants were still hiding in rugged areas, near the border with Iran, in eastern Diyala, as well as, the sprawling areas extending from the western part of the province to the Himreen mountainous area.

Dozens of Daesh militants fled their former bases, in Salahudin province and the Hawijah area, west of Kirkuk, after the Iraqi forces cleared these areas from the extremist militants, during anti-Daesh offensives, in the past few months.

On Dec 9, Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, officially declared full liberation of Iraq from the militants, after Iraqi forces recaptured all the areas once seized by the extremist group.

However, small groups and individuals of the Daesh militants, are still capable of carrying out attacks against civilians and the security forces, despite operations, from time to time, to hunt them down.

Source: Nam News Network