The attack took place in Salah al-Din province, mainly in Albu-dour, about 84 miles north of the Iraqi capital. The area is under the control of Iraq’s Shia-led paramilitary forces, also known as the Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU).
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released on Friday. The group said several ISIS militants carried out three separate attacks, in one of which they “raided a house” in a village in Baghdad and shot and killed six family members.
He called people related to some of those who killed “spies” who worked for Popular Mobilization Units.
ISIS released photos of the raid, including portraits of some victims. Iraqi security officials confirmed to CNN that they were indeed victims.
The Iraqi military statement said the militant group killed a local police officer and a lawyer in two separate attacks in the same village.
Iraqi security officials said that during the investigation they concluded that the perpetrators of the crime were elements of the ISIS terrorist group who, according to the statement, infiltrated the village wearing military uniforms on the pretext of searching the homes of the victims.
Salah al-Din governor Ammar al-Jabar told CNN on Saturday that he requested for Iraqi Interior Minister Othman al-Ghanmi, who was visiting the area on Saturday, to allow local police to have full control of security in the area So to receive. Instead of PMU. Al-Ghanmi agreed to receive approval from the Prime Minister.
Al-Jabar said the paramilitary forces did a great job fighting ISIS between 2014 and 2017, but now local police have time to assume responsibility with the support of the Iraqi army.
In a statement on Friday, al-Jabar strongly condemned the “cowardly attack” and said that “the safety of civilians and the security of the province is a red line, and we will not allow Salah al-Din to warm up for repetition.” heinous crime. “
The governor said, “The perpetrators of such accidents will get appropriate punishment no matter who they are and their cause and their highest level of investigation is going on.”
In December 2017, the Iraqi military announced that it had “completely liberated” all areas of Iraq’s “ISIS terrorist gangs” with the support of the US-led coalition and regained full control of the Iraqi Syrian border Had taken However, ISIS militants are still capable of carrying out sporadic lethal attacks in the country.