Four police dead in back-to-back bomb blasts in Iraq

Four police dead in back-to-back bomb blasts in Iraq

BAGHDAD: Four police officers were killed and 11 injured on Sunday when two police convoys were hit by Daesh roadside bombs in separate attacks in northern Iraq.

Two died and eight were injured when a bomb hit a bus carrying police on their way to work near the town of Shirqat. Another bomb struck a second group of officers on their way to the site of the first explosion, killing two and injuring three.

A medical source at Al-Sharqat’s hospital confirmed a total of four officers were killed.

Daesh’s propaganda agency, Amaq, released a statement claiming the attack.

Al-Sharqat, around 250 kilometers (150 miles) north of Baghdad, was held by Daesh until autumn 2017.

It was one of the last areas recaptured by the government, which announced several months later that it had ousted Daesh from Iraq.

But hit-and-run attacks — particularly assassinations and kidnappings of local officials — still take place and hint at an underground network of Daesh sleeper cells in some of the country’s most remote areas.

On Thursday, a car bomb killed a police officer near Hawija, another former Daesh stronghold.

Daesh have carried out guerrilla hit-and-run attacks in the area since their military defeat in Iraq in December 2017.

Also on Sunday, Iraq summoned the Turkish ambassador to protest at the death of a Kurdish protester who was shot when Turkish troops opened fire on demonstrators.

The protesters had stormed a Turkish army position in the Shiladzeh region of northwestern Iraq on Saturday night after four civilians were killed last week in a Turkish military bombardment.

Video footage distributed by activists showed protesters setting Turkish military vehicles on fire. Turkish troops shot at the demonstrators, a response denounced by Iraq’s foreign ministry. 

“We demand that it not be repeated,” the ministry said.

(With AFP)

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