Four Federal Police personnel wounded in armed attack, south of Tikrit

Iraqi Federal Police fight in the frontline at Bab al Jadid district as the battle against Islamic State’s fighters continues in the old city of Mosul. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Salahuddin ( Four Federal Police personnel were injured in an armed attack, south of Tikrit, a local source from Salahuddin province said.

“Unknown gunmen attacked late on Tuesday Federal Police patrol at the entrance of Balad city, 80 KM south of Tikrit, near Samarra Operations Command,” the source told AlSumaria News on Wednesday. “The attack left four personnel wounded.”

“Security troops cordoned off the accident spot and started operations in search for the perpetrators,” the source, who preferred anonymity, said adding that three of the wounded were taken to Balad public hospital, while the fourth was transferred to Baghdad due to the serious wounds he suffered.

IS still holds a few areas in each of Anbar, Salahuddin, Diyala and Kirkuk.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

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