JUST IN: 12 Police Officers Dead/Injured – Here’s What We Know…

Twelve police officers were either killed or injured this week in a suicide attack in Mosul.

“Five policemen were killed, while seven others were wounded as an attacker, wearing suicide belt, blew up himself targeting a checkpoint in al-Houd village, which links al-Qayyarah to Shirqat, south of Mosul,” Cap. Azhar Mohamed told reporters.

“The bomber blew himself up while between security personnel,” he added. “The forces cordoned off the blast spot and transferred the wounded to hospital. Investigations on the accident were conducted.”

This comes as violence in the country has grown with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014. The  United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) revealed that 114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts.

Baghdad had 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured) while the Anbar Province had 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk had 18 killed and 33 injured. The capital of Iraq has had almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

Madat Guliyev, head of the Azerbaijani State Security service (intelligence), told reporters in September that they had received information that 300 Azerbaijani nationals had been killed fighting for Islamic State in Iraq. Guliyev said that those had been “taken in by the propaganda and joined Daesh (IS)”, adding that their families and children accompanied them.

“There are information of deaths, even among those children,” he said.

Guliyev also said that intelligence services in Azerbaijan had detained 85 people over charges of joining the extremist group and that 900 Azerbaijani citizens had joined the group since the start of the war.

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