According to a security official, gunmen opened fire at a federal police checkpoint in rural northern Iraq, resulting in battles that killed 13 police officers. He accused Islamic State extremists for the attack. Five police officers were injured in the attack on the checkpoint in Satiha village, Kirkuk province, late Saturday. The battles with the terrorists, according to the security officer, lasted over an hour.
Because he was not allowed to speak to the media, the official spoke on the condition of anonymity. The terrorist organization did not claim credit for the incident right away. Northern Iraq, on the other hand, has been a hotspot for IS activities since the group's territorial defeat in 2017 by Iraqi security forces with the help of a US-led coalition.
Anti-IS operations are routinely carried out by Iraqi forces in the harsh mountainous north and the deserts of western Iraq, where they are believed to be holed up. Although IS assaults have decreased in recent years, they persist in certain regions, where security personnel are frequently attacked, raided, and targeted with roadside explosives.