Islamic State militants kill Iraqi policeman after storming village in Baghdad

Paramilitary fighters and military vehicles are seen during a military operation to retake positions held by Islamic State militants, on the outskirts of Muqdadiyah in Diyala province, north of Baghdad January 25, 2015. Picture taken January 25, 2015. REUTERS

Baghdad ( – An Iraqi policeman was killed and two civilians were wounded after a group of Islamic State militants launched an attack on a village in northern Baghdad last night, a security source was quoted as saying.

“IS militants stormed al-Hassan village in Al-Daur district, north of Baghdad, last night, leaving a policeman dead and two civilians wounded,” the source told Jordanian daily newspaper Arabs Today.

The source added that police reinforcements “were deployed to the clash site and Iraqi warplanes were summoned to control the situation.”

The Islamic State group appeared on the international scene in 2014 when it seized large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of an Islamic “caliphate” from Mosul city.

Later on, the group has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State in December, however, observers say the group will continue to constitute a security threat across Iraqi provinces.

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