At least 60 members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group have reportedly been killed in Iraq’s western Anbar Province.
Iraq’s al-Sumaria news website quoted Major General Qassim al-Mohamadi, the commander of al-Jazeera Operations, as saying on Sunday that the Iraqi forces had managed to foil an attempted attack by Daesh elements on the city of Hit in Anbar, killing 40 Daesh members in the counter-strike.
The Baghdad-based War Media Cell said that the other 20 Daesh extremists were killed in an airstrike conducted by the Iraqi air force.
Amin Shekhani, a spokesman for a unit of the Iraqi army, said that nine Daesh-linked boats were also destroyed in the south of Nineveh Province.
The Takfiris used the vessels to transport foodstuff and guns between five villages around the Tigris River, Shekhani said, adding that the boats and their occupants were targeted by the Iraqi army in the river. He did not specify how many people were on board the boats and whether they died or were merely injured.
Elsewhere in the northeastern city of Ramadi, which is Anbar’s provincial capital, rocket attacks by the Iraqi military left a number of terrorists dead and destroyed three of their cars.
Blast kills six in Iraqi capital
In another development on Sunday, six people were killed and 16 others sustained injuries in an explosion that rocked the district of Eskan in western Baghdad.
Iraq’s Shafaq News reported that the casualties came as an assailant set off his explosives among a crowd of people.
The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since Daesh terrorists mounted an offensive in June 2014. The Iraqi army and fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have been engaged in joint operations to retake militant-held areas.
The Iraqi forces are said to be gearing up for an offensive in early October to liberate Mosul, the last remaining bastion for the terror group in the north of the country.