Two members of the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) forces were killed in an overnight attack by Daesh/ISIS terrorists in Iraq’s northern Saladin province, according to a local military source on Sunday.

Four other members were injured when Daesh/ISIS militants attacked the position of the Hashd al-Shaabi late Saturday south of Saladin, Capt. Mohammad Saad said.

He said a number of the attackers were killed in ensuing clashes, but without giving an exact death toll.

Last week, three Iraqi policemen were killed and four others injured in an attack by Daesh/ISIS terrorists north of Saladin.

In recent months, suspected Daesh/ISIS militants have stepped up attacks, particularly in the area between Kirkuk, Saladin (north), and Diyala (east), known as the “Triangle of Death”.

In 2017, Iraq declared victory over Daesh/ISIS by reclaiming all of its territory – about a third of the country’s area – invaded by the terrorist group in 2014.

However, the terrorist group still maintains sleeper cells in large areas of Iraq and periodically launches attacks.

The Iraqi army continues to carry out frequent operations against the group in these parts of the country.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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