By Suleiman al-Qubeisi and Khidir Khallat
BAGHDAD (AA) – Six police officers have been killed in an attack by members of the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq’s Saladin province north of Baghdad, a police source told Anadolu Agency on Friday.
Speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media, the source said the attack had occurred Thursday in the Al-Harariyat area northeast of Baiji city.
In a related development in the western Anbar province, Police Captain Ahmed al-Deleimi said fierce clashes had erupted after Daesh militants attacked Iraqi security forces deployed on the outskirts of the Al-Naimiyah area south of Fallujah, leading to the injury of five Iraqi security personnel.
In yet another related development in the northern Nineveh province, Iraqi security forces killed eight Daesh militants in clashes that erupted in the Qayyarah sub-district south of Mosul, Army Lieutenant-Colonel Abdul Rahman al-Jabouri told Anadolu Agency.
Iraq has suffered from a devastating security vacuum since mid-2014, when Daesh overran large swathes of territory in the northern and western parts of the country.