Stampeding wild boars kill 3 Islamic State militants in Iraq

A stampede of wild boars mauled to death three Islamic State militants waiting in ambush Sunday in Iraq, Kurdish fighters said Tuesday.

A stampede of wild boars mauled to death 3 Islamic State militants Tuesday in Iraqi. Photo by Guido Bissattini/Shutterstock
A stampede of wild boars mauled to death 3 Islamic State militants Tuesday in Iraqi. Photo by Guido Bissattini/Shutterstock

The mangled bodies were discovered by refugees fleeing territory controlled by the Islamic State about 50 miles southwest of Kirkuk, said Sheikh Anwar al-Assi, a chief of the local Ubaid tribe and supervisor of anti-Islamic State forces.

Islamic State fighters responded by going on a killing spree of the area’s wild boars, said Brigadier Azad Jelal, the deputy head of the Kurdish intelligence service.
The militants were preparing an ambush of local tribesmen, al-Assi said. Five other militants were injured.

“It is likely their movement disturbed a herd of wild pigs, which inhabit the area as well as the nearby cornfields,” he said.

Al-Assi said the militants executed 25 people attempting to flee three days before the boars attacked.

Anti-jihadist tribesmen retreated to the Hamrin mountains when militants seized the nearby town of Hawija in 2014.

By Mike Bambach