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IS jihadists in Iraq kill 5 members of family

AFP  |  Tikrit (Iraq) 

Islamic State group jihadists killed five members of the same family at a on the edge of their village north of early today, a said.

The killings took place in district, around 200 kilometres north of the capital, the said.

"A group of Daesh (IS) fighters came from the Hamrin mountains, crossed the after midnight and attacked the at the entrance to the village of Albu Juwari, north of Baiji," he said.

Five members of the family were killed and a sixth was in a critical condition, he said.

All were members of a tribal militia operating under the umbrella of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitary force that has fought the jihadists.

IS, which once controlled swathes of and neighbouring Syria, has been pushed back by multiple offensives and ousted from all of Iraq's towns and cities, including the capital of its self-declared "caliphate",

But despite declaring victory over the jihadists in December, they have continued to use sparsely populated areas such as the as launchpads for attacks.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 17:45 IST