Iraqi forces affiliated with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have killed around 43 Iraqis and destroyed a number of mosques in Solaiman Beek village in Saladdin Governorate.
Iraqi sources said: "Forces and militias of Al-Maliki forcefully attacked the village because of fierce clashes with the inhabitants. The total number of destroyed mosques is six, along with many houses. That led to the displacement of a large number of families seeking safety and security."
Al-Maliki's forces and militias, the Iraqi news agency reported, attacked the village with helicopters, which launched large bombs and rockets at residential areas. This resulted in the death of 43 residents in preliminary statistics, the news agency said.
The heavy shelling pushed the families to migrate to Takreet and Karkook governorates.
Heavy clashes erupted between residents of the village and the Iraqi forces. Residents said that they fought to protect the citizens, who have been subject to the violence of the sectarian Iraqi government.