Kirkuk,IRAQ — Fierce confrontations occurred between Islamic State members and Federal Police troops south of Kirkuk province, an informed security source from the province said on Wednesday.
Speaking to Shafaq News, the source said ISIS members attacked, early today, Federal Police forces in al-Zarka village, at the outskirts of Tuz Khurmatu, adding that the confrontations left casualties on both sides.
Moreover, the source said that around 10 police personnel disappeared during the clashes, indicating that they could have been captivated by the militant group, Iraqi News reports.
On Tuesday evening, the pro-government al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) repulsed two attacks launched by ISIS against Tuz Khurmatu.
Four personnel, were liberated in the wake of the second attack, which targeted Bastmali village, south of Tuz Khurmatu. Another attack was previously launched in attack against Tal Sharaf region.
Right Wing Tribune reported earlier that four policemen, including an officer, were killed in an attack launched by Islamic State members, south of Mosul, an Iraqi security source from Nineveh said.
Speaking to DPA, the source said, “security troops invaded al-Shura region, 20 kilometers south of Mosul, in the wake of attack launched by ISIS members that left a police officer and three policemen killed, Iraqi News reports.
In related news, Maj.Gen. Hamad Names al-Jabouri, commander of Nineveh Police, announced arrested twenty IS members in an operation in western Mosul.
ISIS has become notorious for its brutality, including mass killings, abductions and beheadings, prompting the U.S. to lead an international coalition to destroy it.
Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses a threat against stability in the country.
The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.
Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has declared it had been behind many.
Thousands of ISIS 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.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against ISIS members.
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