Five Federal Police personnel killed in Islamic State attack in Mosul

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

Mosul ( Five Federal Police personnel were killed in an armed attack launched by Islamic State militants in western Mosul, a police source said on Wednesday.

“Seven IS militants attacked a checkpoint for Federal Police in al-Rifa’ie district. The confrontations left five personnel killed,” the source told BasNews.

“The attackers then ran away toward an unknown destination,” the source added.

According to residents from the region, the attackers were able to escape in the same region,however, troops carried out a campaign that lasted for more than an hour in search for them.

The accident is considered the second in two weeks, after a similar attack was carried out by three militants against Federal Police checkpoint in al-Zanjili, in Old City. The attack left a lieutenant general and two other personnel killed.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, which started in October 2016.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

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