A herd of wild boars assaulted an Islamic State position Sunday, killing at least three of the terrorists and injuring another five.
The ferocious beasts attacked the ISIS fighters as they were preparing an ambush in a reed field approximately 55 miles southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq, a local sheikh told The Times of London. The ISIS fighters were preparing a surprise attack on a group of local tribesmen who had formed an anti-ISIS militia in the nearby Hamrin mountains- Iraqi News reports.
Unfortunately for the boars, ISIS later “took revenge at the pigs that attacked the farmland,” a source told Alsumaria news.
Wild boars, called a sounder when in an group, are known for their ferocity, particularly in herds.
“Experienced hunters say that wild boar can be even more dangerous to hunt than a bear,” according to an article by Hunter Course, a hunting safety website. “Equipped with thick, razor-sharp tusks, and a razor-sharp mind, a wild board can weigh a staggering 660 lbs. and exhibit extremely aggressive and unpredictable behavior.”
Hunter Course warned that a wounded boar will sometimes bait a hunter into the bush where its herd will lie in wait. The boars will then encircle an unsuspecting person, and attack from the rear.
ISIS continue to hold the land despite calls for the government to engage and force them back.
However, the Iraqi government is currently locked in a six-month-old campaign to retake Mosul, ISIS’s biggest stronghold in Iraq.
It is expected that the government will launch further offensives against IS havens across Iraq once the campaign in Mosul is won.
Islamic State militants have regularly executed civilians in Kirkuk over accusations of collaboration with security forces or for attempting to flee to refugee camps.
Iraqis were forced to flee in 2014 following the invasion of Islamic State forces. ISIS continue to hold the land despite calls for the government to engage and force them back.