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Islamic State kills 31 in Iraq's Tikrit - security sources, medics

Islamic State kills 31 in Iraq's Tikrit - security sources, medics

Three other people were also killed and seven injured when a roadside bomb went off amid a group of construction workers in Baghdad's western Al-Washash district.

Iraqi security forces surrounded the neighborhood to prevent them from moving to adjacent neighborhoods, while fierce clashes with the attackers broke out in Zuhour neighborhood, the source said.

In 2015 the Iraqi Army retook Tirkit, but the jihadist fighters have continued to carry out attacks in the city and its outskirts.

The attackers killed the police colonel and four members of his family in their attack on his home, and overall officials say 14 police were among the slain.

Security forces killed three of the bombers in the ensuing gunfight while two others detonated their explosives.

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In the morning, the governor of Salahudin province imposed a curfew in the city on Wednesday, the source said. Sporadic gunfire could be heard in the morning.

A USA -backed offensive is underway to dislodge Islamic State from the remaining districts under its control in Mosul, 225 km away, the group's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

The militants overran about a third of Iraq's territory almost three years ago, capturing most Sunni Arab cities located north and west of Baghdad, including Tikrit.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the IS terrorist group, in most cases, had been behind such deadly attacks targeting security forces, civilians, and crowded markets such as cafes and mosques across Iraq. Tikrit is the home region of Saddam Hussein, the former president toppled in the 2003 US -led invasion of Iraq.


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