Mosul, IRAQ – Four policemen were wounded in a bomb blast, east of Mosul, a security source from Nineveh police was quoted saying on Saturday.
“A bomb, placed by unknown gunmen, went off in Sheikh Amir village, east of Mosul, targeting police personnel,” Cap. Saeed Ghayeb told BasNews.
The blast, according to Ghayeb, “left four policemen profoundly wounded.”
Security troops “cordoned off the blast scene, while the wounded were taken to hospital for treatment,” he added.
Meanwhile, The Iraqi Security Media Center said the police command in the town of Tal Keif arrested four members of Daesh (Islamic State) who “confessed to committing crimes against innocent civilians and security members, Iraqi News reports.
The center said the four were wanted for justice based on the Iraqi anti-terrorism law.
Iraq declared victory over Islamic State militants in December 2017, ending a three-year military campaign against the group to retake areas they had occupied to proclaim a self-styled “caliphate”. But the group has carried out several attacks against security and civilians since then.
Mosul was Islamic State’s capital and base of operations in Iraq. It was from its Grand Nuri Mosque thart IS founder, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed the group’s rule. Iraqi forces recaptured the city last July after an operation that lasted for more than eight months.
Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.
A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.
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.