Policeman killed, another wounded while defusing booby-trapped house in Kirkuk

An Iraqi soldier looks out of the window of a house destroyed by an Islamic State (Reuters)

Kirkuk ( A policeman was killed, while two others were wounded as a booby-trapped house exploded in west of Kirkuk, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

“A local police personnel was killed and two others were injured as they were defusing explosives inside a booby-trapped house in al-Rashad town, southwest of Kirkuk,” the source told AlSumaria News. “Local police was clearing houses from the remnants of IS.”

“Security troops transferred the victim to forensic medicine department, while the wounded were transferred to hospital for treatment,” the source added.

On Monday, a booby-trapped house exploded in the evening in al-Kowaz village, west of Kirkuk, leaving a police conscript killed and another wounded, according to news reports.

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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