Federal Police repulse Islamic State attack, southwest of Kirkuk

Iraqi police forces in Diyala

Kirkuk ( Islamic State members carried out an attack against Federal Police forces in a village, southwest of Kirkuk, Shafaq News website reported quoting a security source and eyewitnesses said on Wednesday.

The militants, according to the source and witnesses, attacked, late on Tuesday, Ghraib village in al-Abbassi region in Hawija town, southwest of Kirkuk.

Fierce confrontations occurred between the two sides, before the police managed to repel the attack.

On Tuesday, two Islamic State members were killed in an airstrike carried out by the U.S.-led Coalition, on the banks of Tigris river near Sobeih village, west of Kirkuk.

Last week, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said two prominent Islamic State leaders were arrested in Hawija.Two people were killed, while a civilian was injured on Saturday in an attack carried out by Islamic State in a village in Hawija.

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. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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