Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Five Iraqi policemen were killed and wounded Saturday in a bomb blast in Mosul city, 400 km north of Baghdad, a security source said.
“A bomb attack targeted a police patrol in al-Houd village in Qayyarah, 90 km south of Mosul, leaving two policemen, including a captain, dead and three others wounded,” the source told Al-Watan Newspaper.
“The wounded policemen were moved to al Qayyarah hospital for treatment,” added the source.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.