Two Iraqi policemen killed in ISIS attack in southern Kirkuk: commander

File – Members of Iraqi Security Forces. (AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Two Iraqi federal policemen were killed in an attack by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in southern Kirkuk, a security commander said on Tuesday.

Commander of Kirkuk Joint Operations Saad Harbiya said the ISIS militants attacked a checkpoint belonging to the Iraqi federal police, according to Anadolu Agency.

The militants used light and automatic weapons in the attack, Harbiya added. Two policemen were killed and five others were wounded.

Following the attack, units of Iraqi security forces were deployed to Nigar village in Hawija district to launch an operation to pursue the militants, the agency cited the commander as saying.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 but the militants have regrouped in the Hamrin mountain range which extends into the northern provinces – an area described by officials as a “triangle of death”.

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