2 security members, IS militant killed in 2 clashes in Iraq

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BAGHDAD, March 23 (Xinhua) -- A total of two security members and an Islamic State (IS) militant were killed on Monday in two clashes in Iraq, the Iraqi military said.

In the Iraqi province of Salahudin, a commando force of the provincial contingent regiment clashed with IS militants during a search operation in Ishaqi area, some 100 km north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

The clash resulted in the killing of the commander of the contingent regiment and an IS militant, the statement said without giving further details.

Mohammed al-Bazi from the provincial police told Xinhua that an IS suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt near the commandos and killed the commander of the regiment Barzan Tarish and wounded one of the commandos.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, IS militants attacked a security outpost in al-Waqif area in the northeast of the provincial capital Baquba, sparking a clash between the two sides, Eisa Abdul Rahman, from Diyala's provincial police told Xinhua.

During the clash, an army patrol was dispatched to the scene, but a roadside bomb struck one of their vehicles, killing a soldier and wounding two others, Abdul Rahman said.

The security situation in Iraq has been improved since Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country late in 2017.

However, IS remnants have since melted in urban areas or resorted to deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians. Enditem

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