BREAKING: 4 COPS DEAD… Here’s What We Know

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Nineveh, IRAQ — Four police officers were killed in an explosive bomb blast, south of Mosul, an officer from Nineveh police department reported.

“Four personnel from the Federal Police were killed in a bomb blast that targeted their patrol passing at al-Athba village,” Cap. Ahmed Shehab told BasNews.

“Troops cordoned off the blast spot and transferred the victims to forensic medicine department in Mosul. Investigations were conducted, while a campaign was launched in the region,” he added.

Meanwhile, seven civilians were killed and wounded in two bomb blasts in west of Ramadi, a security source from Anbar province was quoted saying.

“A bomb from the remnants of Islamic State exploded targeting a vehicle in Heitan village, west of Hit city, 70 kilometers west of Ramadi, leaving four civilians killed,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“Another bomb targeted another vehicle in al-Hesniya region, west of Hit, leaving three civilians wounded,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous, added.

Security troops, according to the source, “headed to the two blast scenes. The victims were taken to forensic medicine department, while the wounded were transferred to hospital for treatment.”

On Friday, a lieutenant general was killed and two soldiers were severely injured as a booby-trapped house in al-Mu’alimin district exploded While security troops were inspecting regions in Rawa.

On July 10, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25,000 militants were killed throughout the campaign, Iraqi News reports.

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

A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured, excluding police, in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahaddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured.



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