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Iraq
Twin explosions kill 5, wound 2 in Saladin: officials
2019-05-26
[Rudaw] At least five people were killed and two maimed in two separate kabooms in Sharqat, Saladin province over the weekend, officials confirmed. The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group (ISIS) has claimed both attacks.

The first blast struck on Friday when "five farmers went out to harvest their wheat and barley crops in their fields on the road that leads to djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, about 25 kilometre away from Shargat", Saad Dhahir al-Qaisi, deputy governor of Saladin, told Rudaw Saturday.

He blamed the attacks on ISIS remnants in the region, which also "burned the farmers’ combine harvesters".

In a video statement posted on Facebook, Ali al-Duduh, the mayor of Sharqat, also confirmed the death of four farmers and the injury of one other, and the burning of agricultural equipment.

This was followed on Saturday when suspected ISIS bully boyz in Shwish "targeted a vehicle which belonged to Hashd al-Ashayiri’s 51th Brigade, resulting in the death of one and injury of another", al-Qaisi said.

The incident occurred on the main Mosul road between al-Siniya and Hadathya, the deputy governor added.

In a post on messaging app Telegram, ISIS claimed it had killed five Hashd fighters in the twin attacks.

The Sunni tribal forces known as Hashd al-Ahsairi are mostly found in Anbar, Nineveh, and Saladin provinces. They technically fall under the command of the primarily Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi and are part of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

"The security situation of Saladin is not stable and we call on relevant authorities to provide security to farmers," al-Qaisi said.

He criticized the Iraqi armed forces for their inaction and for not responding.

ISIS has grabbed credit for several of the recent farmland fires across the country.

Within the span of one week, more than 600 dunams of wheat crop in Khanaqin, Qaratapa, Jabara and the plains of Qamishalan have been burned in the disputed or Kurdistani areas claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad in Iraq’s Diyala province.

The Iraqi News take in events:
Bomb blasts, IS attack leave 7 dead in Sharqat

Salahuddin (IraqiNews) Two bombs exploded, while the Islamic State group launched an offensive, yesterday, on Sharqat District in Salahuddin. The blasts and attack killed 7 persons, while injured 4 others in different areas of the District.

Saad al-Qaissy, Governor Assistant said, “Five farmers went to harvest wheat and barley on the road leading to Mosul (about 25 kilometers from Sharqat).”

“IS militants intercepted the farmers and killed them immediately, then burned the harvest that was in their possession,” al-Qaissy added.

Meanwhile, a bomb exploded targeting a vehicle belonging to al-Hash al-Ashaeri in Shawesh Village. The explosion killed a person and wounded another one.

Another IED exploded near a police patrol, in the road between Sineya and Haditha, killing a police officer and injuring 3 others.
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