An armed group from the Islamic State attacked an Iraqi army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad and 11 soldiers were killed in their sleepIraqi security officials said.
According to authorities, the attack occurred in Al-Azim district, an open area north of Baqouba, in Diyala province.
The circumstances of the assault were not immediately clear, but two officials who spoke to AP said insurgents stormed the barracks at 3 a.m. Thursday and shot at soldiers.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to provide official comments.
The attack, more than 120 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad, was one of the deadliest against the Iraqi army in recent months.
The Islamic State was largely defeated in the country in 2017, although it remains active thanks to sleeper cells in many areas.
Militants from the Sunni extremist group continue to carry out operations, usually targeting security forces, power plants and other infrastructure.
In October, IS members armed with machine guns entered a majority Shiite village in Diyala province, killing 11 civilians and wounding several more. At the time, officials explained that the attack came after insurgents kidnapped villagers and demanded ransoms were not paid.
Authorities said reinforcements will be sent to the attacked village on Thursday and security forces will be deployed nearby. No further details were immediately available and the Iraqi military had no comment.
With information from AP