A policeman was killed in an attack on northern Iraq


An Iraqi policeman and a civilian were killed on Friday in two separate attacks by unknown gunmen in the governorates of Kirkuk and Salah al-Din (north), according to two security sources.

A Kirkuk police officer said, preferring not to be named, that “gunmen attacked several points of the Federal Police in the areas of Riyadh and Rashad in the governorate after midnight on Thursday/Friday.”

The same source added that “one of the federal policemen was killed in the attack, while the attackers fled.”


In turn, Salah al-Din Police Captain Samir al-Shihabi said that “gunmen stormed the house of the mayor of al-Abbasiya area (whose name was not mentioned) northeast of the city of Samarra, in the south of the province, late Friday night.”

He added that “the gunmen opened fire on the owners of the house, which led to the death of the Mukhtar’s brother and the injury of the latter and his son before the attackers fled.”

The Iraqi authorities did not immediately comment on the two attacks, while no party claimed responsibility for them, but the two security sources accused ISIS militants of being behind them.

In recent months, the frequency of attacks by suspected ISIS militants has increased, especially in the area between Kirkuk and Salah al-Din (north) and Diyala (east), known as the “Triangle of Death”.

In 2017, Iraq declared victory over ISIS by restoring its entire territory, which was estimated at about a third of the area of ​​the country that the organization invaded in the summer of 2014.


However, the terrorist organization still maintains sleeper cells in large areas of Iraq and launches attacks between different periods.