Iraqi army says it killed 10 militants in Fallujah

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi army announced on Sunday killing ten militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Fallujah, a major city of the western province of Anbar.

In a statement, Lieutenant Saad Maan, the head of joint operations in the city, said army troops also destroyed two vehicles and dismantled five explosive charges.

Iraqi Ministry of Defense officials on Saturday agreed to extend for one more week a unilaterally declared ceasefire in Fallujah.

The Iraqi army has been waging a major military operation in the restive Anbar province since December with the stated aim of flushing out Al-Qaeda-allied militants.

Hundreds have been killed and injured since violence broke out in Anbar`s two key cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, according to government estimates.

Tens of thousands have also been reportedly displaced due to the violence.

Many local Sunni tribes opposed to Iraq`s Shiite-dominated government, however, continue to voice anger over the operation`s mounting civilian death toll.

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