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Five Iraqi security men killed, wounded in armed attack on police patrol in Diyala

Paramilitary fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. Picture taken January 25, 2015. REUTERS


Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – Five Iraqi security men were killed and wounded Monday in an armed attack on a police patrol in Diyala province, a provincial source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press website, the source said that a federal policeman was killed and four others were wounded when unidentified gunmen opened fire at their police patrol at a village on the outskirts of Khanaqin in northeastern Diyala.

The assailants used explosive charges in the attack, according to the source.

In January 2015, Iraqi forces announced liberation of Diyala province from Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The province has seen months of fighting between Iraqi troops and IS militants, especially in the Jalawla and Saadiyah areas in the province’s north and areas near the town of Muqdadiyah.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.


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