Bomb blast leaves four Federal Police personnel killed, injured, southwest of Kirkuk

Members of Iraqi Federal Police carry their weapon at the frontline during a battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul, Iraq June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Kirkuk ( Four Federal Police conscripts were killed and injured as a bomb blast targeted their patrol, southwest of Kirkuk, a security source said on Monday.

“A bomb went off targeting a patrol for Federal Police conscripts near al-Bakkara village in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

The blast, according to the source, “left a conscript killed and three others, including an officer, wounded.”

Troops “carried out operations in the region and areas in the vicinity in search for the perpetrators,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

A total of 76 people were killed and 129 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts during the month of June, casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

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