BAGHDAD, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Five insurgents were
killed during an operation conducted by the Iraqi security forces in the
volatile province of Diyala on Thursday, a provincial police source said.
The incident occurred in the dawn when a joint force
of U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces raided and surrounded a house believed
to be a hideout of al-Qaida militants in the town of Mandili, some 180 km
northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
During the raid, a fierce clashes erupted between the
joint force and gunmen in the house, the source said, adding that an explosion
took place inside the house, believed to be that one militant blew up his
explosive vest, killing himself and four other gunmen.
Earlier in the day, an Iraqi Interior Ministry source
said that the death toll from a Wednesday ambush against Iraqi security forces
in Diyala rose to 35 security members in the al-Dulaimat village, some 30 km
south of the provincial capital Baquba.
He said that 27 policemen and eight Awakening
Councils group fighters were killed in the battle which broke out at about 3:30
p.m. (1230 GMT) on Wednesday when suspected al-Qaida militants ambushed an
Iraqi-U.S. joint force during an operation in the village seeking al-Qaida
Diyala has been the hotbed of terrorist operations
since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, teeming with bombings and other
types of attacks.
The U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces have been
launching multiple major operations in the region.