Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi policeman was killed and two others were wounded Wednesday in a bomb blast in Kirkuk, a security source was quoted as saying.
“A bomb attack targeted a police vehicle on the main road between Kirkuk and Riyadh district, leaving a policeman dead and two others wounded,” the source told the Baghdad Post website.
According to the source, the explosion “caused severe damage to the vehicle.”
Kirkuk officials previously urged reinforcing military troops in the south and west of the province, as the region still has Islamic State members who escaped during liberation of Hawija to remote areas.
In October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraqi troops recaptured Hawija, a main town held by Islamic State in the country.
The town had fallen to Islamic State in June 2014, when the militant group seized control of much of northern and western Iraq and proclaimed the creation of a self-styled “caliphate”.
There, Islamic State’s reign forced thousands to flee to refugee camps, while hundreds had been executed by the group for attempting to escape the area or contacting security forces.