Authorities say the lethal attack south of Kirkuk metropolis occurred simply after midnight.
At least 12 Iraqi police officers have been killed in an attack the ISIL (ISIS) armed group is suspected of finishing up at a safety checkpoint within the nation’s north.
The twin attack on Sunday, within the al-Rashad area south of Kirkuk metropolis, occurred simply after midnight, Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from the capital Baghdad, stated.
The attackers first engaged in a navy confrontation with police officers that lasted about two hours, killing three officers. Reinforcements coming to the world have been killed in an ambush utilizing explosives planted on the roadside, Abdelwahed stated.
Three police officers have been additionally wounded within the attack and one other was lacking.
There was no quick declare of accountability however ISIL fighters are lively within the space and a safety supply stated the group was concerned.
Separately, at least three Iraqi troopers have been killed and one was wounded on Sunday when gunmen attacked a military checkpoint southeast of the Iraqi metropolis of Mosul, safety sources stated.
ISIL seized swaths of Iraq in a lightning offensive in 2014, earlier than being crushed again by a marketing campaign supported by a US-led navy coalition.
The Iraqi authorities declared the group defeated in late 2017, however it nonetheless has sleeper cells that proceed to hit safety forces with uneven assaults.
The cells commonly goal the Iraqi military and police within the north of the nation, however this attack was one of many deadliest this 12 months.
A July 19 bombing claimed by ISIL formally killed 30 individuals in al-Woheilat Market in Sadr City, a Shia suburb of Baghdad.
International coalition troops in Iraq at the moment quantity roughly 3,500, of which 2,500 are US troops.
However, Washington has been drawing down its navy presence amid assaults on services it makes use of by Iran-aligned armed teams and has stated that, from subsequent 12 months, the position of US troops will likely be restricted to coaching and advising their Iraqi counterparts.
Last Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron visited northern Iraq and expressed concern about an ISIL “resurgence” in each Iraq and Syria.
He additionally stated French troopers deployed in Iraq as a part of the worldwide coalition will stay “no matter what choices the Americans make”.