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Two Islamic State Militants Reportedly Killed By Their Own Roadside Bomb

| by Jordan Smith

Kurdish fighters in Iraq claim two local Islamic State (ISIS) group leaders were killed by their own roadside bomb near the town of Makhmour, Iraq.

“A mine had been planted by [Islamic State] troops in previous battles in the village of Kharbadan to target the peshmerga [but] the vice versa happened, killing two of the group’s local leaders on the front,” said Ali Hussain, a commander of the Kurdish peshmerga forces, reports The Independent.

The newspaper noted the claim could not be independently verified.

“One of the slain emirs [leaders] was the group’s administrator in the area named Abu Malik, and the other one named Abu Abdul-Aziz,” Hussain added.

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The news came just days after it was revealed the terrorist group is turning to more unusual ways to fight its enemies, including by using chickens to make explosive devices.

“[Islamic State] will use whatever means they can to bring death and destruction. Using animals has little military value — it is just another example of how their twisted minds enjoy dreaming up bizarre ways to kill people,” an anonymous British man fighting on the side of the peshmerga said, according to Metro.

Islamic State commanders use remote control technology to detonate the animals, which have explosive vests strapped to them, Daily Star reported.

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Daily Star added that this was part of a number of improvisations by Islamic State group fighters to overcome a supply shortage. Other techniques included using shopping carts to mount machine guns and producing crude explosive devices using gas canisters smuggled from Turkey.

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“The regime has countless small arms like semi-automatic weapons and pistols and lots of field weapons like mortars but the ammunition is running low and cannot easily be replaced,” said Nasser Kataw, an expert on terrorism. “The regime is now desperately trying to fashion its own weapons but lacks the machine shops to make such precision items.”

Sources: The Independent, Metro(2), Daily Star

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