13 killed in anti-IS strikes, bomb attacks in Iraq

At least 13 people were killed in Iraq Thursday in bomb attacks and strikes by the US-led coalition against the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS), a security source said.

IANS| Updated: Jan 16, 2015, 00:29 AM IST

Baghdad: At least 13 people were killed in Iraq Thursday in bomb attacks and strikes by the US-led coalition against the Sunni radical group Islamic State (IS), a security source said.

In Anbar province, seven IS militants were killed and five others injured in air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes against positions of the extremist militants near the town of al-Baghdadi, some 200 km northwest of Baghdad, Xinhua quoted a security source as saying.

In a separate incident, two Shia militiamen were killed and four others wounded when a booby-trapped house was detonated during a search operation in a village south of Salahudin`s provincial capital city Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad.

In Iraq`s eastern province of Diyala, three IS militants were killed when a sticky bomb attached to their car was detonated in a militant-seized area of Hunbis, near the town of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Iraq`s capital.

Also in the province, a police officer was gunned down by unknown militants in Maqdadiyah, the source said.

The security situation in Iraq has drastically deteriorated since June 10, when clashes broke out between Iraqi security forces and Sunni militants. The latter later took control of the city of Mosul and seized territories in Nineveh and other Sunni provinces.