FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – At least nine people were killed on Monday in Iraq's Anbar province, when gunmen attacked the home of an officer in the Sunni tribal militia, sources said. security.
Captain Misha'an Hazemawi and eight others were killed when gunmen stormed Hazemawi's house near Karma district, 16 km northeast of Falluja.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but two security sources said that Islamic State militants were behind it.
A small number of militants are still operating in the region and are capable of launching sporadic attacks, Iraqi security officials said.
The officer was a member of the Tribal Mobilization Forces, a network of Sunni militias who supported the government in its fight against the Islamic State, security sources said.
The Islamic State, which had taken control of much of northern Iraq in 2014, lost the bulk of Anbar Province to the benefit of the forces of Libya. Iraqi security supported by the United States and supported by Sunni tribal fighters in 2016.
Iraq declared its victory over the Islamic State in December 2017, but security officials said that militants would be likely to insurgency after being dislodged from the entire territory that they held.
His fighters continued a campaign of kidnappings and killings, mainly in the provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala and Salahuddin.
Reportage of Kamal Ayash; Written by Raya Jalabi; Edited by Sandra Maler