Six family members were shot dead by radical Islamic State (IS) militants on Friday in an assault on their home in Salahudin province north of Iraqi capital, Baghdad, a provincial police source said.
The attack took place in the early hours of the day when IS militants broke into a house near Samarra city, about 120 kilometers north of Baghdad, killing a man, three of his sons, a woman and a boy, Mohammed al-Bazi said to Xinhua.
The attackers also burned the home, two cars and the wheat farm of the family, as well as a number of livestock, before fleeing the scene, al-Bazi said.
He added that Iraqi security forces rushed into the scene and launched a search operation, searching for the attackers.
Iraq’s security situation has improved since Iraqi security forces completely defeated the IS militants across the country late in 2017.
Since then, however, traces of the IS have melted in urban areas or retreated to deserts and rugged regions, launching regular guerrilla attacks against security forces and civilians. (NAN / Xinhua)