A 12-year-old girl has been killed and eight other civilians wounded in an Iraqi airstrike on a Kurdish-held town in Iraq’s northern province of Salahuddin, a Kurdish security forces official said.

Jabbar Yawar, secretary general of the Kurdish peshmerga fighters, told Reuters the strike occurred on Sunday when military planes and helicopters targeted “a group of civilian residential buildings in the heart” of the town of Tuz Khurmato.

Iraqi government forces are battling Sunni Islamist insurgents led by an ultra-radical group called the Islamic State in the area. […]