53 IS militants killed in strikes north of Baghdad

Baghdad: At least 53 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed Friday in multiple operations by Iraqi warplanes in the al-Doloue'ia region, 90 km north of Baghdad, a security source told Spanish news agency Efe.

The source added that 20 IS militants were killed when attending a gathering in the village of Bishkan. Four boats used by the IS were also destroyed in the attack.

In addition, 17 others of the extremist organisation's fighters died in a bombing raid that targeted the houses they were using as safe havens in the al-Buguari district of northern al-Doloue'ia. A vehicle equipped with a heavy machinegun was also destroyed.

According to the same source, 16 jihadi militants were killed in an Iraqi airstrike on their locations in the al-Khazrag sector of northern al-Doloue'ia.

Iraq has been faced with major security issues since the IS declared a self-proclaimed caliphate in the areas that have fallen under its control in Syria and Iraq.

Meanwhile, the US-led international coalition resumed its air attacks on IS-held positions in Iraq after 220 militants were killed by airstrikes Thursday.

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