11 killed in attack on Iraq army post in Baghdad; security forces say IS involved
- IS gunmen killed at least 11 and wounded 8 in a grenade attack on a lookout point in western Baghdad on Sunday
- Security sources confirmed IS' role in the attack
- Iraq declared IS’ defeat in the country in 2017 after a three-year knockout aided by the US-led coalition
Islamic State gunmen killed at least 11 while 8 were left wounded in a grenade attack on a lookout point in western Baghdad on Sunday, reported AFP.
The jihadists fired at the tribal Hashed forces stationed at Al-Radwaniyah, situated near the airport on the outskirts of Baghdad.
According to AFP, there was, however, no immediate responsibility by IS but a security source confirmed that the attack was carried down by the Islamic State.
"IS attacked the monitoring tower, killing five members of the tribal Hashed and six local people who had come to help repel the attack," AFP quoted a security source as saying.
The toll was confirmed by a medic who told that the aggrieved were transferred to a hospital in Central Baghdad.
As per an AFP report, IS's sleeper cells have continued to wage hit-and-run attacks on security forces and state infrastructure, particularly in desert areas where troops are stretched thin.
However, Iraq declared IS’ defeat in the country in 2017 after a three-year knockout aided by the US-led coalition but the tie has significantly narrowed down its troops this year into three main bases in Baghdad, Ain al-Asad in the west and Arbil in the north.