Six Shia members of Hashd al-Shaabi fighters (Popular Mobilization Forces) were injured and one other martyred in an explosion in Kirkuk province, a security source said on Sunday.
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Six Shia members of Hashd al-Shaabi fighters (Popular Mobilization Forces) were injured and one other martyred in an explosion in Kirkuk province, a security source said on Sunday.
A roadside Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated after a Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) vehicle drove by while patrolling the village of Najatiyah in Hawija city, southwestern Kirkuk Province, on Saturday, the security source told Kurdistan News Agency on condition of anonymity.
It is the latest attack on the Hashd, also known as the PMF, in Kirkuk since the bloody ambush that killed about 30 fighters in an area not far from the recent blast site.
The source added that all members of the patrol were local fighters within the Hashd al-Shaabi’s 56th Brigade.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attack took place shortly after a warning by Peshmerga forces claiming the so-called Islamic State (IS) was re-grouping and looking to resume its activities in and around the Kirkuk and Nineveh provinces.
IS has launched a number of attacks in the country despite Iraq’s final victory over the takfiri group last year in December.
Ali al-Hamdani, a Commander within the PMF, said the Shia fighters planned to carry out “significant operations” to secure Kirkuk fully, but have been waiting for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to greenlight the operations.
“As a result of the security implications in the province of Kirkuk, and the intelligence information gathered in this regard, a meeting was held between security commanders and Hashd al-Shaabi leaders,” Hamdani told an Iraqi local news outlet.
He added that the PMF would inform the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Haider al-Abadi, on progress made in the meeting, and would wait for orders to be issued as a result of the meeting.