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Nineveh,IRAQ – Two Iraqi policemen were killed today during a firefight with Islamic State militants near a police station in al-Hadar district, south of Mosul, a top security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Iraqi website BasNews, the source said, “A group of Islamic State militants fleeing from al-Jazeera area, 55 miles south of Mosul, launched an attack on a police station in al-Hadar district and clashed with security forces there, leaving two policemen dead.”

“After the attack, security forces launched a manhunt across the district as they managed to arrest four Islamic State militants, including a Syrian fighter,” the source added.

He explained that security forces took the “four ISIS militants into the headquarters of the Nineveh operations command, where they will be interrogated and then transferred to a court for trial,” Iraqi News reported.

On another note, three civilians were wounded Saturday in a bomb blast in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

“A bomb went off near busy street markets in al-Tarmia district in northern Baghdad, leaving three civilians wounded,” the source told Alghad Press.

“The injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment and a probe was launched into the attack,” the source added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Violence and armed conflicts left 94 Iraqis dead during the month of May, the United Nations said in its monthly casualty count as the the security situations continue to sway after the defeat of Islamic State militants.

In its report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said 163 others were wounded, adding that Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 117 civilian casualties (45 killed, 72 injured), followed by Diyala with 9 killed and 35 injured, and Kirkuk with 20 killed and 16 injured.

The organization maintained that the numbers it provides were a “minimum”, saying that hindrances to its works prevent it from setting the exact toll.

It’s just a freaking mess over there.



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