Iraq: Gunmen kill 3 policemen near Kirkuk

Security forces said on Monday they killed eight militants in the western Anbar province

A picture taken on September 25, 2017 shows members of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) security forces, affiliated to the Iraqi Interior Ministry, deploying in the streets of the northern city of Kirkuk during the vote on the Kurdish independence on September 25, 2017.
The non-binding vote, initiated by veteran Kurdish leader Massud Barzani, has angered not only Baghdad, following which Iraq's federal parliament demanded that troops be sent to disputed areas in the north controlled by the Kurds since 2003, but also neighbours Turkey and Iran who are concerned it could stoke separatist aspirations among their own sizeable Kurdish minorities. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Gunmen killed three Iraqi policemen during an attack on a guard post near the city of Kirkuk late on Monday, officials said.

Another federal police officer was wounded in the assault in the town of Altun Kupri, on the boundary between the northern provinces of Kirkuk and Erbil, the interior ministry added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but ISIS militants are active in the area and a security source said it was likely they were involved.

Iraq declared victory over the group, which once held large swathes of the country, in December 2017.

But ISIS has switched to hit-and-run attacks aimed at undermining the Baghdad government.

Its fighters have regrouped in the Hamrin mountain range in the northeast, which extends from Diyala province, on the border with Iran, crossing northern Salahuddin province and southern Kirkuk.

Security forces killed eight militants in the western Anbar province, the military said in a statement late on Monday.

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