Violent clashes between Iraqi army forces and al-Qaeda gunmen on Friday night (June 21st) killed two soldiers and six gunmen in Anbar province, an Iraqi military spokesman said.
An armed group attacked a unit from the Iraqi army's 1st Division in al-Khor, clashing with soldiers for about half an hour before combat support helicopters arrived, Lt. Col. Nejim al-Dulaimi, Iraqi army spokesperson in Anbar, told Al-Shorfa.
The helicopters shelled gunmen positions, killing six of them and destroying five of their vehicles, he said. Meanwhile, security forces seized arms and shoulder-mounted rockets in the gunmen's possession.
Around 10 other gunmen escaped and security forces are now searching for them, al-Dulaimi said.
Three other soldiers were wounded in the clashes, he said.