Islamic State carries out suicide attacks at Iraqi military base close to Kirkuk

An Iraqi soldier walks next to a wall painted with the black flag commonly used by Islamic State militants, during a battle with Islamic State militants near Arabi neighborhood, north of Mosul, Iraq, January 21, 2017. (Photo: Khalid al Mousily/Reuters)

Five Islamic State (IS) suicide bombers attacked a military base in the Kirkuk area in northern Iraq where US military advisers are stationed, killing two peshmerga and injuring six, Reuters reported on Sunday.

Two IS fighters managed to detonate their vests at the entrance of the K1 base while the remaining three were killed by Kurdish peshmerga forces.

“They were wearing uniforms like the Kurdish peshmerga and had shaved their beards to look like us,” one officer told Reuters.

Iraqi forces backed by the US-led coalition are trying to push IS out of Mosul, 140 km northwest of Kirkuk. The city of Hawija, near the targeted base, is only 45 km west of Kirkuk and still controlled by IS.