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Militants kill 12 members of family in Iraq
June 03, 2018
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BAGHDAD: Daesh militants killed 12 members of the same family, including women and children, in an attack on their northern village home on Saturday, an Iraqi official said.

Ammar Hekmat, the deputy governor of the Salahuddin province, confirmed the attack early in the village of Al Farahatiyah. It was not immediately clear why the family was targeted.

Iraqi forces have driven Daesh from virtually all the territory it once controlled, but the group has continued carrying out sporadic attacks, mainly targeting security forces.

“We’re not sure if one of the family members was a police officer, but Daesh has a presence in desert areas like Salahuddin, Mosul and Diyala,” an Iraqi intelligence official said. “They carry out attacks in villages outside the cities to scare families and remind them they are still there.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Associated Press
 

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