Iraqi policeman killed in ISIS attack in south of Kirkuk – NINA

A member of Iraqi special forces sprays marshes and irrigation canals with bullets. (Photo: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/The Guardian)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A policeman was killed in an attack by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in south of Kirkuk, national Iraqi news agency (NINA) reported on Tuesday.

NINA cited a security source as saying that a group of ISIS militants carried out an attack on federal police near Tal Khadija village in Rashad sub-district.

A federal policeman was killed in the attack, according to the source.

There was no official statement from the Iraqi authorities.

ISIS militants intermittently carry out attacks against Iraqi forces in Kirkuk province.

Several members of the security forces had been killed in ISIS attacks in the province in the past weeks.

To clear areas of the militants, the Iraqi security forces launched an operation from three directions in Kirkuk, the security media cell said on Monday.

Three hideouts and a camp belonging to the militant group were destroyed during the operation, it added.

The federal government announced victory over ISIS by the end of 2017 after Iraqi and Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led Coalition regained control of areas once captured by the militant group.

Despite its defeat, ISIS still poses a threat to the security and stability of the country as there are still sleeper cells in Iraq.

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