On August 21, a suicide bomber of ISIS blew himself up in a position of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the district of al-Shirqat of the northern province of Saladin, according to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq.
ISIS claimed that seven fighters of the PMU were killed and ten others were injured in the suicide attack. An armored vehicle was also destroyed as a result of the explosion.
A day later, the PMU acknowledged in an official statement that several of its fighters were killed and injured in an attack by ISIS in al-Shirqat. The PMU added that its units are currently conducting a security operation in the district to neutralize the remaining cells of the terrorist group there.
“The situation is under control now and there is nothing disturbing the security and stability in the village and the surrounding areas,” the PMU statement reads.
ISIS cells resurfaced in the northern and western parts of Iraq earlier this year. Since then, these cells have conducted hundreds of attacks against Iraqi government forces, despite of the strict security measures imposed.