Policeman killed by Islamic State sniper in Diyala

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Diyala ( An Iraqi policeman has been killed by an Islamic State sniper in Diyala province, a security source said on Saturday.

“A sniper from Islamic State opened fire against a police conscript of Diyala police in Abu Sayda town, Diyala,” the source told Baghdad Today website. The policeman was immediately killed.

The situation in the region, according to the source, “has been deteriorating over the past few days.”

Unknown militants “randomly fire shots in the region,” the source said adding that this has intimidated the residents, which caused ten families to flee the town.

A report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said 94 Iraqis were killed, while 163 others were wounded due to Violence and armed conflicts during the month of May.

Thousands of Islamic State 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.

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