BREAKING: At Least 31 DEAD After Massive Bomb Blast DESTROYS Cafe- Here’s The Details

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BREAKING: At Least 31 DEAD After Massive Bomb Blast DESTROYS Cafe- Here’s The Details

According to the Financial Times, at least 31 people (including 14 police officers) have been killed in the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit.  Militants attacked the city in the early morning hours by wearing the uniforms of the local police—something that a source recently reported as a possibility for future attacks in Europe.

The attackers then targeted police checkpoints and the home of the police colonel.  They detonated a bomb kill him and his family.  Five militants are thought to still be on the run:

The attacks targeted a police checkpoint and the house of a police colonel, who was killed with four members of his family, officers said.

Two suicide attackers detonated their vests when surrounded by police, and three others were killed in separate clashes.

Five militants are thought to be hiding and Col Mahmoud said Tikrit authorities had declared a curfew on Wednesday. Sporadic gunfire could be heard in the morning.

A US-backed offensive is under way to dislodge Isis from the remaining districts under its control in Mosul, 225km away, the group’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

RT also reported:

Tikrit was captured by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants in June 2014. In September 2015, IS blew up the Green Church, one of the oldest Christian churches in the Middle East, as well as Al Arbain, a shrine and historical mosque, which were both located in the city center.

Tikrit is the home city of the former president Saddam Hussein and holds a symbolic and strategic position.  While still unverified by an independent source, there are scattered reports of mass executions as well.

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