Iraqi government forces have repelled two major attacks by ISIS terrorists in the holy city of Samarra, located north-central Salahuddin Province, while inflicting major losses on the terrorist group.

According to the Lebanon-based al-Mayadeen TV channel, ISIS militants on Sunday attempted to sneak into eastern edges of Samarra from two different directions but were caught unawares by the Iraqi government forces’ counterattack.

During the clashes, a large group of the militants were killed and wounded.

The Iraqi security forces, in another event, opened fire at four suicide bombers in Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala before the militants could find and opportunity to explode themselves.

For years, Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism which is mainly posed by ISIS terrorist group which emerged in 2014.

ISIS had full control over Mosul since 2014. However, the Iraqi army launched a massive operation to retake the strategic city in October 2016.

Iraqi forces managed to take control of eastern Mosul in January after 100 days of fighting. They launched a new operation to retake the western regions of Mosul on February 19.

Over 526,000 people have been displaced since the beginning of the operation to liberate Mosul, the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement says.