Bomb blast kills on-duty cop in Iraq’s Kirkuk

Security men stand near a site of a car bomb blast in Baghdad

Kirkuk ( – A police officer was killed Monday when an explosive charge went off in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, the Iraqi federal police said.

“A policeman was martyred while on duty as an explosive charge exploded in Hawija district, southwest of Kirkuk,” Baghdad Today news website quoted the federal police as saying.

No further details were given about the bomb 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.

A total of 32 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 32 injured in acts of terrorism and conflict-related violence in December 2018, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Nineveh was the worst affected governorate with 26 civilian casualties (07 killed, 19 injured) followed by Baghdad (17 killed and 03 injured) and Salahuddin (03 killed and 03 injured).

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