0106 GMT June 25, 2022
The attacks occurred on Monday evening in the provinces of Kirkuk and Diyala, where farmers came under fire while harvesting their crops, AP reported.
The Iraqi Security Media Cell said in a statement that six civilians were killed in the attack in the village of Sami Asi, south of the city of Kirkuk. The Kurdish news network Rudaw said after the killings, an Iraqi federal police force that arrived on the scene was ambushed and three policemen were killed.
Earlier, the Daesh terrorist group launched an attack in Diyala’s town of Gulala, killing six residents, two Iraqi security officials said.
The terror outfit claimed responsibility late Monday for the Kirkuk attack, claiming it killed five Shias in their agricultural fields in Al-Rashad area in Kirkuk and set fire to five vehicles. Daesh said its members clashed with a supporting unit from the federal police and destroyed one of their vehicles.
Daesh overran large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014 and declared a self-styled caliphate. The group was territorially defeated in 2017 after a years-long war spearheaded by local forces and foreign military support. But it continues to carry out hit-and-run attacks through sleeper cells across both countries.