By Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Related press
BAGHDAD – Islamic State extremist group fighters attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early Friday morning, killing 11 soldiers while they were sleeping, security officials said. Iraq said.
Officials said the attack took place in the Al-Azim district, an empty area north of Baqouba, Diyala province. The circumstances of the attack are unclear, but two officials told the Associated Press that Islamic State fighters broke into the barracks at 3 a.m. local time and shot and killed the soldiers. .
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make official statements.
The brazen attack more than 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the capital Baghdad was one of the bloodiest attacks against the Iraqi army in recent months.
The Islamic State group was largely defeated in the country in 2017, although it still operates through prison cells in many areas. Militants from the radical Sunni Muslim group continue to conduct operations, often targeting security forces, power stations and other infrastructure.
In October, IS fighters armed with machine guns raided a predominantly Shiite village in Diyala province, killing 11 civilians and wounding several others. Officials at the time said the attack happened after militants kidnapped villagers and their ransom demands were not met.
Officials said reinforcements had been sent to the village where Friday’s attack took place, and security forces were deployed in the surrounding areas. Details were not immediately available, and the Iraqi military was not immediately available for comment.
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