Iraq army kills attackers, clears university building- UPDATED

The bomb attack left five security guards dead as militants managed to take dozens of students and professors hostage after raiding the premises

Iraq army kills attackers, clears university building- UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

Iraqi army forces on Sunday killed two militants and arrest a third, bringing an end to an attack by suspected members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on a university building in eastern Baghdad.

A unit of army Special Forces killed two militants wearing explosive belts who were holed up inside the Imam Kadhim University building and arrested a third, a security source, who asked to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency.

A fourth militant had earlier blown himself up inside the building, added the source.

The source said at least four people, including two security guards, were killed in the process and 11 others injured.

Government troops are currently besieging the university building in eastern Baghdad, added the source.

Suspected ISIL militants had stormed the building earlier in the day after blowing up the university entrance with an explosives-laden vehicle and killing five guards.

The ISIL has not claimed responsibility for the university attack.

Iraqi army officer, militants killed in Diyala

Meanwhile, an Iraqi army officer has been killed on Sunday along with nine militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in the northern Diyala province, according to the Iraqi military and security officials.

According to a security source, a bombing targeted a vehicle boarded by a high-ranking Iraqi army officer on Sunday morning, leaving him dead.

Meanwhile, security forces killed a key ISIL figure in the north of provincial capital Baqubah with intelligence help, another security official said.

Elsewhere in the province, a joint army-police operation left eight ISIL militants dead over the past 48 hours in a village northeast of Baqubah, Diyala police spokesman Ghalib Attiya said in a press statement Sunday.

"[Government] forces carried out a two-day successful operation in al-Mekheisa village, 30km northeast of [provincial capital] Baqubah, and calm has been restored in the village," Attiya said.

On Tuesday, twelve people were killed in al-Mekheisa clashes between Sunni villagers and militants, amid frequent clashes between ISIL gunmen and security forces in the villages on the eastern outskirts of Baqubah.

For months, the Iraqi government has been battling ISIL – said by authorities to be linked to al-Qaeda.

ISIL militants remain in control of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi in the western Anbar province despite an ongoing large-scale military operation launched by government forces since December in the restive province to flush out the militants.

 

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