Two people killed and six wounded in ISIS attack on Iraqi base
An ISIS suicide bomber carried out an attack on a base hosting US military advisors in Iraq’s Kirkuk province on Sunday, reportedly leaving at least two people dead and six wounded.
The K1 base near the town of Hawija, which has been controlled by ISIS group since 2014, was assaulted by five militants, Kurdistan 24 reported.
Three ISIS suicide bombers were gunned down by Kurdish peshmerga fighters during a two-hour skirmish, while two others managed to detonate their vests inside the camp. All of those killed and injured were reportedly Kurdish troops.
The militants “were wearing uniforms like the Kurdish peshmerga and had shaved their beards to look like us,” one Kurdish officer told Reuters.
US Central Command confirmed to TASS that the attack on the K1 base had taken place, calling it “unsuccessful,” while noting that no US-led anti-ISIS coalition servicemen had been killed or injured.
ISIS later took responsibility, claiming that it had been targeting “crusaders and apostates.”
The Kurds have been one of the most active players in Iraq’s US-backed military campaign against the Takfiri terrorists.
The terrorist group has recently been stepping up its attacks on civilians and security installations across the country as anti-ISIS forces advance on its stronghold in Mosul.