Four police personnel killed in bomb blast, south of Mosul

A member of the Federal Police walks in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Nineveh ( Four police personnel were killed in a bomb blast, south of Mosul, an officer from Nineveh police department said on Friday.

“Four personnel from the Federal Police were killed in a bomb blast that targeted their patrol passing at al-Athba village,” Cap. Ahmed Shehab told BasNews.

“Troops cordoned off the blast spot and transferred the victims to forensic medicine department in Mosul. Investigations were conducted, while a campaign was launched in the region,” he added.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign.

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.

A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured, excluding police, in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahaddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured.

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