Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – Two Iraqi policemen were killed Monday in a bomb blast in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, a security source said.
Speaking to the privately-owned IKH news website, the source said that an explosive charge targeted a police patrol in al-Rashad district in Kirkuk, leaving two policemen dead.
“The bodies were moved to the forensic medicine department,” the source said.
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.