Iraqi police kill four Islamic State members in an operation in Kirkuk

Federal police members aim their weapons at a man, whom they thought was a member of Islamic State but later turned out to be mentally handicapped, during a battle with Islamic State fighters at Bab al Beed district in the old city of Mosul
REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Kirkuk ( The Iraqi Federal Police have killed four Islamic State members in a security operation in Kirkuk, the Security Media Center said on Monday.

In a statement, the center said, “Federal Police carried out a campaign in some regions in Kirkuk, leaving four Islamic State members killed and a hideout destroyed.”

Troops, according to the center, “arrested two militants and detonated a bomb.”

Last week, two Iraqi policemen were killed after a bomb exploded while they were inspecting the security situation in al-Rashad region, south of Kirkuk

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

Thousands of militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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