Four policemen killed, wounded in armed attack in Iraq’s Diyala

Security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State during sand storm in Ramadi. (AP Photo)

Diyala ( – Four Iraqi policemen were killed and wounded Wednesday in an armed attack on a security checkpoint in Diyala province, a security source was quoted as saying.

“Armed men launched an attack on a security checkpoint in Jalawla district, in northeastern Diyala,” the source told Mawazin News.

“The assault on the security checkpoint left a policeman dead and three others wounded,” the source added.

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

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.



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