Roadside Bomb Kills One Peshmerga, Wounds Six in Southern Kirkuk
One Peshmerga onboard a minibus in the south of the Kirkuk Governorate and a driver were killed after a roadside bomb exploded on Saturday (August 26), wounding another six.
Sarhad Qadir, a suburban Kirkuk police chief, said that a roadside bomb hit a vehicle of Peshmerga forces in Mala Abdullah village, killing two and wounding another six Peshmerga.
Islamic State (ISIS) militants have been active in and around Kirkuk since the group’s rampage across Iraq in 2014 and the governorate’s Hawija district remains one of the group’s two remaining militant strongholds in the country.
In another recent incident, an ISIS IED detonated near a military vehicle belonging to Peshmerga forces on August 1, wounding two Peshmerga in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk.
Tuz Khurmatu, located 180 km north of Baghdad, lies in an area of disputed territory between the Kurdish-administered north and southern regions under the central government, with an ethnically diverse population of Turkmen, Kurds and Arabs.