According to a local military officer, three members of the pro-government Hashd al-Shaabi militia, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, were killed in a twin attack on Wednesday in eastern Iraq.
The officer stated, on condition of anonymity, that Daesh/ISIS terrorists attacked a security checkpoint of the Hashd al-Shaabi in Kashkul area in Diyala province with machine guns.
The source added that a bomb blast struck when Hashd fighters and civilians gathered at the scene of the attack.
He further said that eight people were injured, including five civilians.
At a time when the federal government is struggling to contain the attacks of the terrorist group by launching security and military operations in the northern, western and eastern regions of the country, Daesh/ISIS has been active in the provinces of Salahuddin, Anbar, Kirkuk, and Diyala.
By reclaiming all territories the terrorist group controlled since the summer of 2014, which was estimated to be about a third of the country’s territory, Iraq declared victory over Daesh/ISIS in 2017.
However, the group still maintains sleeper cells in large areas in Iraq, occasionally launching sporadic attacks.