3 policemen injured in armed attack by Islamic State on Iraqi checkpoint

Iraqi security forces evacuate an injured soldier during heavy fighting against Islamic State group militants in Fallujah, Iraq, Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Diyala ( – Three Iraqi policemen were wounded Tuesday in an armed attack by Islamic State on a security checkpoint in Diyala province, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today news website, the source said that Islamic State militants launched an armed attack in Khanaqin district, 100km northeast of Baqubah, leaving three policemen dead, including a critically-wounded officer.”

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added that security reinforcements were deployed to the scene and the wounded policemen were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.

In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The province has seen months of fighting between Iraqi troops and IS militants especially in the Jalawla and Saadiyah areas in the province’s north and areas near the town of Muqdadiyah.

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