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Iraq: Militant attack kills policeman, injures two in Kirkuk

A member of the Iraqi federal police forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad's Karada district on May 20, 2019 [AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images]
A member of the Iraqi federal police forces stands guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad's Karada district on May 20, 2019 [AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images]

An Iraqi policeman was killed and two others were injured in an attack in the northern Kirkuk province on Sunday, according to a local police officer, reports Anadolu Agency.

Armed men staged an armed attack on a federal police checkpoint in Riyadh district, southwest of Kirkuk, the officer said on condition of anonymity because of restrictions on speaking to the media.

The attackers fled the scene unscathed, the officer said, blaming the Daesh group for the attack.

Iraqi authorities have yet to confirm the attack, which came one day after the killing of five policemen in a bomb attack targeting their vehicle in Kirkuk on Saturday.

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Daesh terrorists have in recent months escalated their attacks, especially in the area between Kirkuk, Salahuddin, and Diyala, known as the Triangle of Death.

In 2017, Iraq declared victory over Daesh by reclaiming all territories the terrorist group controlled since the summer of 2014, which was estimated to be about a third of the country's territory.

The group, however, still maintains sleeper cells in large areas in Iraq and launches attacks.

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