Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) killed on Saturday night three ISIS\Daesh militants in an ambush in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, Baghdad Today news website reported Sunday.
“Troops of the 27th brigade of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units) acted on precise intelligence data as they managed to kill three members of the terrorist ISIS\Daesh in an ambush at al-Rashad district in Hawija, west of Kirkuk,” the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi said in a statement.
The statement accused the militants of “planning to carry out terrorist attacks against security headquarters in Kirkuk.”
Kirkuk Governor Rakan al-Jubouri announced on Saturday a curfew from midnight until 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) to prevent any ethnic or sectarian tension between its Kurdish, Arab and ethnic Turkmen communities over the parliamentary elections.
He also ordered a manual recount of votes, saying an electronic counting system had produced an “illogical” result.
In October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraqi troops recaptured Hawija, a main town held by Islamic State in the country.
The town had fallen to ISIS\Daesh in June 2014, when the militant group seized control of much of northern and western Iraq and proclaimed the creation of a so-called “caliphate”.