ERBIL — Three members of the Iraqi Federal Police were injured on Sunday night during a clash with the Islamic State (IS) militants in Kirkuk, an official confirmed.
The confrontation took place in Aliya village, near Riyadh subdistrict of Hawija, some 55 kilometers southwest of Kirkuk, Brigadier General Fatah Mahmoud, Chief of Hawija Police Department, told BasNews.
It was not clear if there was any IS casualties.
Kirkuk, one of the Kurdish provinces disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, is among the areas continually challenged by the IS terrorist attacks despite having announced a “full victory” over the extremist group by the Iraqi government since 2017.
To address the security challenges in the disputed areas, the Iraqi government and the regional government of Kurdistan Region have agreed to establish joint forces and joint cooperation centers under the direct supervision of the Iraqi prime minister, who also serves as the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi armed forces.