Local Iraqi leaders told reporters that three ISIS militants were killed while they hid on the edge of a field by wild, stampeding boars. One of the local leaders, Sheikh Anwar al-Assi, said that the group intended to attack some local tribesmen when they were caught in the stampede by the boars.
“It is likely their movement disturbed a herd of wild pigs, which inhabit the area as well as the nearby cornfields,” he said.
He added that the same militants had recently executed upwards of 25 civilians in the days before they were killed, according to sources close to the liberation efforts.
The area where the terrorists were killed is still contested by the Islamic state as they try to hold onto remaining land in Iraq. Many ISIS fighters have fled Kirkuk and Mosul to make their last stand at the caliphates second de facto capital in Raqqa, Syria, which was under attack by YPG and U.S. forces until earlier this week. YPG officials have began to stand operations in Syria down as a result of Turkish bombings that killed Kurdish generals in the region.