Kurdistan's Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani shared photos of the three Peshmerga killed by an IED bomb south of Kirkuk on August 3, 2017. He hailed their sacrifices, calling them 'martyrs' who died for the freedom of Kurdistan. Photo: Talabani's Facebook page
KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region – Three Peshmerga soldiers were killed and two others injured by a roadside bomb near Daquq, south of Kirkuk on Thursday night, security and government officials said.
The incident took place at about 10:15 p.m. local time in Tamur village and resulted in the death of a Peshmerga major, and two regular Peshmerga soldiers, Rekawt Mohammed, spokesperson for the Peshmerga unit, told Rudaw.
He said they were on their way back to the unit from Dibaja, a nearby village.
The victims are all from Kirkuk.
Kurdistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani hailed their sacrifices on Facebook.
“I was saddened to hear the news of martyrdom of these brave Peshmerga. Rest in peace,” Talabani said as he shared their photos, naming them “martyrs for the freedom of Kurdistan.”
ISIS militants are still in control of some areas south and southwest of Kirkuk, including their major stronghold of Hawija.
Kurdish Peshmerga and security forces have recently stated that the extremist group is trying to regroup and adapt new tactics as it loses territory in the north of Iraq, especially after their losses in Mosul in July.
ISIS militants late last month staged an overnight attack against a Kakei village south of Daquq. They killed four people, including three Kakeis. The fates of five people are still unknown. There are fears that they have been taken hostage.