A total of four people were killed and nine others wounded, in separate gunfire and bomb attacks, in the Iraqi provinces of Diyala and Salahudin, security sources said.

In one of the attacks, a tribal leader, Sheikh Turky al-Nadawi, and his brother, a lawyer, were killed, when unidentified gunmen opened fire on their car, east of the Diyala’s provincial capital, Baquba, some 65 km north-east of Baghdad, Lt. Col. Ali al-Jaberi, from Diyala’s provincial police, said.

Al-Nadawi was a leader of a Sunni tribe, known for fighting the Daesh in the Nedah rural area, east of Baquba.

Early in the month, Daesh militants carried out a twin suicide bomb attacks on the house of the anti-Daesh tribe’s leader, Sheikh Haitham al-Houm, leaving the tribal leader’s wife and two of his relatives killed.

Despite repeated military operations in Diyala Province, remnants of the 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.

Also in Diyala, a police statement said, the provincial police curried out an operation, led by the provincial police leader, Maj. Gen. Jassim al-Saadi, to hunt down suspected militants in the Mekheisa area, near the town of Abu Saida, some 25 km north-east of Baquba.

In neighbouring Salahudin province, a policeman was killed and nine others wounded, when a booby-trapped house detonated on them, while the police force was searching a Daesh hideout in Mteibijah area, in the eastern part of the province, Captain Hassan Ali al-Jubouri, from the provincial police, said.

Colonel Kareem al-Aboud, commander of the provincial special forces, known as Rapid Response, was among the wounded, Jubouri said.

Salahudin’s security forces frequently carried out operations, to hunt down the militants, who are using the sprawling rugged area that extends from the eastern part of the province to their redoubt in Mteibijah, on the provincial border with Diyala province.

Dozens of militants fled their former bases in Salahudin province and 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

Source: NAM News Network