Four Iraqi police and army personnel were killed and 12 were wounded in overnight clashes with al-Qaeda in north-western Baqubah on Wednesday (July 25th), the Iraqi Defence Ministry said Friday.
Seven suspected al-Qaeda gunmen, including four prominent leaders, also died in the clashes. Two al-Qaeda hideouts were destroyed by an army helicopter, according to the army's fourth combat brigade commander in Diyala province, Col. Hussein Ali Abd.
"Clashes broke out when an army and police force entered the Hudayda area to execute arrest warrants against al-Qaeda suspects," the commander told Al-Shorfa.
The clashes continued for about nine hours, he said.
"Iraqi forces resolved the battle in their favour and arrested 38 gunmen and seized weapons and explosives," Abd said. "A search began for other gunmen who fled the area."