36 IS militants killed in Iraq

At least 36 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in clashes and air strikes across Iraq Wednesday, a security source said.

IANS| Updated: Jan 14, 2015, 23:37 PM IST

Baghdad: At least 36 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed in clashes and air strikes across Iraq Wednesday, a security source said.

In Iraq`s Anbar province, US-led coalition warplanes pounded a school building used as IS headquarters, leaving 13 militants dead and six wounded along with four vehicles destroyed, Xinhua quoted a security source as saying.

Also in Anbar, Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribesmen killed 12 IS militants in clashes in the provincial capital city of Ramadi, according to the source.

In Iraq`s province of Diyala, security forces backed by Shia militia clashed with IS militants and killed four fighters.

An army helicopter bombed vehicles carrying IS militants, killing seven of them, the source said.

The troops blocked the road leading to a dam and repositioned themselves around it to prevent IS militants from seizing it.

IS militants want to capture the dam to flood a road linking Diyala to the Shia holy city Sammara, the source said, adding that the road is usually used by security forces to transport supplies to troops in both areas.

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