Six Islamic State, involved in killing policeman, killed in Kirkuk

Iraqi soldiers carry weapons during an operation against Islamic State militants in the neighbourhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul, Iraq, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Kirkuk ( Six militants, involved in killing a policeman and his son, were killed in southwest of Kirkuk, a commander has announced.

“Military units managed to kill three Islamic State militants, who are involved in killing Colonel Fadel Saeed al-Sabaawi, his son and four paramilitary personnel on Sunday on the road linking between Hawija and Riyad,” Maj. Gen. Ali Fadel Umran, Commander of Kirkuk Operations, told Alghad Press on Monday.

“The operation to follow the militants took place at al-Saadiya village in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk,” Umran added. “Al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces ) killed three other militants in south of Kirkuk.”

Several militants killed on Sunday a chief of police department and his son, as they set up an ambush on the road between Kirkuk and Hawija.

Earlier on the day, security troops in Kirkuk announced applying a one-week plan to protect civilians during the celebrations of Christmas and the New Year at the province.

Officials in the province of Kirkuk previously urged reinforcing military troops in the south and west, as the region still have IS members who escaped during liberation offensives of Hawija and mainly in houses and tunnels at remote areas in Riyad, al-Rashad and between al-Abbassi and Dibis.

The Joint Operations Command announced in October the liberation of each of Hawija, Riyad and al-Rashad. Over 1,300 members were killed during offensives to free Hawija, while over 800 members were killed during the second phase of operations.

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