Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Six Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters were killed and two others injured in a roadside bomb attack in the volatile province of Diyala on Saturday, an Interior Ministry source said.
A roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying Kurdish (militia) fighters, known as peshmerga, in the village of Dalash near the town of Khanaqin, some 150 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Recently, tensions between the central government and the Kurdish region have been running high following the deployment of mainstream Iraqi forces into several areas, including Khanaqin.
The town and some other areas in the province are claimed by Kurds although they lie outside the Kurdish region.
The incident came as U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces are conducting major offensive against extremist Sunni and Shiite militiamen in Diyala which stretches from the eastern edges of Baghdad to the Iranian border.