ISIS Militants Fatally Attacked by Wild Boars
Locals near Kirkuk say 3 are dead, 5 injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 26, 2017 7:43 AM CDT
File photo of a wild boar.   (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

(Newser) – An apparent ambush of ISIS militants is making headlines, if only because those who overpowered them were reportedly wild boars. A tribal leader in northern Iraq tells the Times of London the animals killed three members of the Islamic State and injured five others on Sunday. His best guess is that the militants were preparing to launch an ambush of their own near a Kurdish checkpoint some 55 miles from Kirkuk. "The area is dense with reeds, which are good for hiding in," he says, but he speculates the men's movements disturbed the boars.

Refugees fleeing fighting in the area spotted the bodies, and a Kurdish intelligence official floats an alternative theory—that the militants were near the checkpoint because they intended to defect and surrender, reports the Telegraph. Either way, ISIS responded by killing as many wild boars as they could in the area, he says.

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