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38 killed in Iraq as army pressing offensive against militants

English.news.cn   2014-09-03 23:43:31

BAGHDAD, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- More than 38 people were killed on Wednesday in air strikes and clashes across Iraq while the government troops fought with insurgent militant groups and seized a small dam in eastern the country, security sources said.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militias and helicopter gunships retook control of a small dam on the Udhiem River after heavy clashes with the Islamic State militant group, in the northern part of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The troops managed to seize several villages around the dam, leaving undetermined number of the militants killed, including their local leader, and destroyed several of their vehicles, the source said.

In Nineveh province, an Iraqi aircraft fired a rocket on a police station, which is believed to militants' house, in the city of Mosul, leaving three women killed and three civilians and a child wounded, a provincial police source said, adding that the victims were members of one family who lived in one of the destroyed houses.

In Salahudin province, Iraqi aircraft carried out air strikes on Islamic State positions in north and east of the town of Duluiyah, some 90 km north of Baghdad, killing up to 20 militants, a provincial police source told Xinhua.

In a separate incident, an Iraqi helicopter gunship pounded a safe house of Islamic State militants in east of Duluiyah, killing the leader of the local group and eight of his aides, the source said.

Also near Duluiyah, five militants of the Islamic State group were killed and five others wounded in two bomb attacks, the source added.

Duluiyah, has been under the siege of the Islamic State group for several weeks, as the tribesmen of Sunni tribe of al-Jubour rejected the militants and fought them to prevent their presence in their town. The tribal fighters and local police have repelled many attacks by the Islamic State militants which tried to capture the town.

Editor: yan
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