Eight people were killed and six wounded Sunday in an attack by Islamic State militants in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, a source from the provincial police informed The Eastern Herald.
The attack happened in the early morning hours of the same day when militants attacked a village near the city of Hanakin, about 165 kilometers northeast of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The attack caused fierce clashes between the attackers and local police officers, the source said.
The clash resulted in the killing of two police officers and six locals, six of whom were also wounded, the source said, adding that the militants withdrew after police reinforcements arrived in the village.
Despite frequent military operations against the remnants of the Islamic State, militants are still hiding in deserts, inaccessible regions as well as in the Himren mountain range that stretches through the provinces of Diyala, Salahuddin, and Kirkuk. They are able to carry out frequent guerrilla attacks against security forces and civilians.