A bomb and rifle attack in northern Iraq claimed the lives of at least seven cops.
The strike occurred near Kirkuk, which is 293 kilometers from Baghdad.
No one has claimed responsibility for the killings.
A bomb and rifle attack in northern Iraq claimed the lives of at least seven police personnel. On Sunday, the strike occurred close to the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, which is located 293 kilometers (182 miles) from Baghdad’s capital.
Although no one has claimed responsibility for the killings, authorities have placed blame on the Islamic State organization.
Three Iraqi soldiers were murdered by a roadside bomb on Wednesday in close proximity to Baghdad. IS claimed to have detonated the explosive.
According to sources, the attack on Sunday started when a bomb attacked a truck carrying police close to the village of Chalal al-Matar.
The blast was followed by “a direct attack with small arms”.
“An assailant has been killed and we are looking for the others,” the official added, saying that two policemen were also wounded in the attack.
The attack was confirmed by a representative of the Baghdad Ministry of the Interior.
From eastern Iraq to western Syria, IS once controlled 88,000 square kilometers (34,000 square miles) and brutally ruled about eight million people there.
But in December 2017, after its troops forced IS fighters out of the Syrian border region, where the Islamists’ last strongholds had been, Iraqi forces proclaimed victory over the group.
The group was expelled from its final stronghold in 2019, but the UN issued a warning in July that it posed a continuing threat.
Between 6,000 and 10,000 fighters, most of whom are based in rural regions and still engage in hit-and-run operations, ambushes, and roadside bombings, are thought to be present in Syria and Iraq.
In its report, the UN observed that despite “significant leadership losses,” the group has been able to “exploit security gaps and conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism to recruit and to organize and execute complex attacks”.
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