Two police personnel killed in bomb blast, southwest of Kirkuk

Iraqi security forces inspect a site of a bomb attack in Baghdad. Khalid al Mousily/Reuters

Kirkuk ( Two police personnel were killed in a bomb blast, southwest of Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying on Sunday.

“A bomb, went off, at noon, targeting a police patrol in al-Nusaif village, southwest of Kirkuk, leaving two personnel killed,” Cap.Hamed al-Ebeidi, of Kirkuk police, told Anadolu Agency.

The blast, according to the source, “destroyed the vehicle on which the policemen were on board.”

Several security and civilian establishments were recently attacked over the past few months, which were blamed on Islamic State.

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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