Three Islamic State militants were killed by a herd of stampeding wild boars in Northern Iraq, local Iraqi leaders told The Times of London.
Sheikh Anwar al-Assi, a chief of the local Ubaid tribe and supervisor of anti-ISIS forces, told the paper ISIS militants were setting up for an ambush on the edge of a field 50 miles southwest of Kirkuk when the boars overran them.
The militants were preparing an attack against a group of local tribesman who were inhabiting land on a nearby mountain after ISIS militants seized the town of Hawija roughly three years ago.
“It is likely their movement disturbed a herd of wild pigs, which inhabit the area as well as the nearby cornfields,” al-Assi said.
Local authorities have called upon the government to liberate ISIS-held areas such as Hawija, but the Iraqi government has been focused on liberating Mosul, ISIS’ stronghold in Iraq.
ISIS militants frequently execute people who attempt to flee the region or who support the Iraqi security forces.
Al-Assi said 25 people were executed in the three days leading up to the wild boar attack because they attempted to flee.