Last week, people in Galabat village in Kifri were attacked by ISIS militants.
The Kurdish villagers were able to detain the four ISIS fighters and turn them over to security forces.
"Since the militants were taken by the villagers, we have prepared ourselves because we knew they would avenge them, so we have been standing on guard," one villager told Rudaw.
"Our relatives and people reached out to us to help. They were with us during the nighttime and return during the daylight. When they attacked during the night, we were fully geared up."
One of the four ISIS militants captured is said to be a leader, or emir, who commanded ISIS from Sleman Beg to Sharaban town in the region.
ISIS in the area have tried to retaliate with the leader in custody.
The Upper Galabat villagers were in a battle with ISIS militants for more than an hour. The villagers’ relatives started going to help them from Kifri against the attacking ISIS group. On their way, they triggered a bomb, killing one and wounding another.
Now the Iraqi Army is present in some of the villages.
Jabara town comprises of 32 villages, including Galabat, where an estimated 20,000 people live. Sixty-seven people from the villages have been displaced to Kifri.
Kifri is in Diyala province but a part of Garmiyan and between Kalar and Tuz Khurmatu — 188 kilometers southeast of Erbil.