At least eight police killed in blast near Iraq’s Kirkuk | News


Security sources told Reuters that those killed near the city north of the center were police officers.

At least eight Iraqi federal police officers were killed in a bombing near the city of Kirkuk in north-central Iraq, security sources told Reuters news agency.

Sources said those killed Sunday were traveling in a convoy when the bombing occurred.

The explosion happened near the village of Safra, located about 30 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk. Two other officers were seriously injured.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but ISIL (ISIS) fighters are active in the area.

Kirkuk, located 238 kilometers from Baghdad, was captured by Iraqi security forces from Kurdish forces in 2017.

The Kurdish regional government took control of the city after Iraqi forces fled amid the rise of ISIL (ISIS) in the country.

This is an evolving story.

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