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Iraqi residents kill 11 in revenge for deadly IS attack

Residents of an Iraqi village have killed 11 people in retaliation for a deadly attack claimed by the Islamic State group, an Iraqi security official says.

The inhabitants of the majority Shiite village of Al-Rashad in the eastern Diyala province killed 11 people yesterday in the predominantly Sunni neighboring hamlet of Nahr al-Imam, the security official says, preferring to remain anonymous.

The assailants have accused the residents of Nahr al-Imam of being behind an attack on Al-Rashad the day before in which 15 people were killed, an increase from an initially reported toll of 11.

Another 26 people were injured in the Tuesday attack on Al-Rashad, according to the latest figures from security sources.

The Sunni IS terror group — which considers Shiites to be “heretics” — claimed the Al-Rashad attack last night.

Al-Rashad is known to have many members of security forces among its residents and is populated mostly by members of the Bani Tamim tribe, from which the governor of Diyala hails.

The Iraqi Fiqh Council, the authority on Islamic jurisprudence for Sunnis in the country, condemned the “terrorist attack” on Al-Rashad, as well as the “horrific revenge” on Nahr al-Imam.

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