Three civilians and six Iraqi security forces, including two members of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) anti-terror group, have been killed in a fresh attack by ISIL terrorists north of Baghdad, officials said.
On Saturday, a vehicle ran into an explosive device planted by the Takfiri outfit around 200 kilometers (131 miles) north of the country’s capital, AFP reported, citing Iraqi officials.
A security team comprising police and PMU forces reached the area to address the situation, but were ambushed by ISIL gunmen.
Speaking to China’s Xinhua news agency, local police official Col. Mohammed al-Bazi put the death toll among the security forces at seven, and said two more policemen had also been wounded in the attack.
The gunmen fled the scene and disappeared into the nearby mountainous terrain, al-Bazi added.
There was no immediate word of casualties among the assailants, according to Mohammed Zidane, mayor of the town of Zouiya, 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the city of Tikrit.
Source: Press TV