Islamic State attacks villages and security forces in Kurdistan Region of Iraq

KERKESLOKH, Iraq — Peshmerga forces and civilians in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq sustained multiple casualties in an attack by Islamic State (ISIS) militants who briefly took control of a village south of Kirkuk (Kerkeslokh) province.

Peshmerga forces reported Sunday night that their forces had been attacked near the village of Qara Salem, on the border between Erbil and Kirkuk provinces.

Peshmerga forces confirmed that the attack resulted in deaths and injuries in their ranks without detailing the actual number and confirmed that they responded to the attack and pursued the perpetrators. The situation is now under control, they said.

This comes as ISIS terrorists reportedly entered the village of Lahibán in the Ser Kran district south of Kirkuk, burning houses and forcing villagers to flee.