Six security personnel killed, wounded in armed attack, house explosion in Kirkuk

An Iraqi security checkpoint (representational photo)

Kirkuk ( Six security personnel were killed and injured in a house explosion and armed attack that targeted a checkpoint in Kirkuk, security sources said.

“An armed attack launched by unidentified gunmen against a checkpoint of Tribal Mobilization Forces in al-Rashad town, south of Kirkuk, leaving one personnel killed and three others wounded,” the source told Baghdad Today website on Monday.

The victim, according to the source, was taken to forensic medicine department, while the wounded were transferred to hospital.

In related news, a federal police conscript was killed, while another was wounded as booby-trapped house exploded, west of Kirkuk.

“A booby-trapped house exploded in the evening in al-Kowaz village, west of Kirkuk,” another source told Baghdad Today. “The explosion left a police conscript killed and another wounded.”

On Sunday, a source said gunmen killed a person from al-Rashad town called Oudai Saleh Ibrahim in al-Khadraa region, indicating information that this person is a member of the town’s municipal council.

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 69 civilians, excluding police personnel, were killed, while 142 others were wounded in December due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across the country.

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahuddin ranked the second place, with 7 killed and 25 injured, then Kirkuk came third with 15 killed and 6 injured.

The figures saw a significant decline from November’s which reached a total of 117 Iraqi civilians killed and another 264 injured.

3298 civilians were killed and 4781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, the report added.

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