Iraq’s Arabic-language al-Sumeria satellite television network, citing an unnamed security source, reported that an assailant, wearing Iraqi police uniform, drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a security checkpoint in a district in the western part of Kirkuk’s provincial capital of the same name on Thursday.
It added that at least three Iraqi Federal Police forces lost their lives and four others were wounded in the explosion.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet, but it bears the hallmark of attacks carried out by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.
Meanwhile, Ahmad al-Jubouri, a former parliamentarian for the northwestern province of Nineveh, said that earlier in the day, a group of Daesh terrorists had attacked al-Khoain Village in the vicinity of the province’s capital, Mosul, killing all eight members of a family.
On Wednesday, a suspected Daesh assailant drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a checkpoint in the town of Qa’im, in Iraq’s western Anbar Province, near the Syrian border, killing 11 people and wounding a dozen others.
The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group started a terror offensive in Iraq in 2014, overrunning vast swathes of territory in lightning attacks. Iraqi army soldiers and primarily volunteer fighters — who were later integrated into the national armed forces — subsequently retook the territory.
Last December, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the end of the anti-Daesh campaign in Iraq. The group’s remnants, though, keep staging sporadic attacks in the country.