SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Two federal policemen were killed after a group of Islamic state (ISIS) militants attacked military point in south of Kirkuk on Monday, a security source told Esta Media Network.
The source said the militants attacked Iraq’s federal police in the village of Wadi Zaitun in Rashad district, wounding three other policemen.
“Bodies of two ISIS militants were also captured by the federal police,” the source told Esta Media Network.
Iraqi media cited security sources as saying that ISIS militants attacked a military point in the village of al-Asfar in Rashad district, wounding two federal policemen.
An ISIS militant was killed and another was wounded during the clashes, a security source told Shafaq News.
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.
Iraqi forces have increased anti-ISIS assaults in areas in Kirkuk province, following increased attacks by the militants on civilians and the security forces.
On Monday, the federal police alongside the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) launched an operation to clear areas in Rashad district of ISIS militants.
On Sunday, the Iraqi military alongside PMF launched an “inspection and security operation” in Wadi al-Kur in the province.
On July 27, the Iraqi military launched a large-scale operation against ISIS remnants in south of Kirkuk, including the areas of Wadi Zighitun and Wadi al-Shai.