Two federal police officers were killed and another two wounded in a suspected Islamic State (ISIS) attack near Daquq, south of Kirkuk, in the early hours of Monday, according to local officials.
Although territorially defeated in late 2017, ISIS has resurged in recent months, exploiting security gaps in the disputed territories claimed by Erbil and Baghdad.
Monday’s assault is only the latest in a series of attacks in the Daquq area attributed to the group, causing outrage among locals.
“At 1am [local time] on Monday, ISIS militants attacked a base of the federal police near Ali Sara village, killing two policemen and wounding another two,” Omed Hussein, commander of the Kakais Regiment associated with Hashd al-Shaabi in Daquq, confirmed to Rudaw.
The officers, newly stationed in the village to help plug security gaps, came under mortar fire, Hussein said, claiming the attackers were only repelled “with the help of Iraqi aircraft” an hour later.