Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – Three Iraqi policemen were injured on Monday night in a bomb explosion in Kirkuk, the latest in a series of terrorist attacks against security forces in the country.
Speaking to AlSumaria News on Monday evening, a security source said an explosive charge “targeted a police patrol on the main road linking Kirkuk to Riyadh district, leaving three policemen injured.
According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, a security force “carried the trio to a nearby hospital for treatment.”
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.