8 police officer killed in blast near Iraq’s Kirkuk

Baghdad: At least eight Iraqi federal police officers were killed in a bomb blast near Iraq’s north-central city of Kirkuk.

It is reported that those killed on Sunday were traveling in a convoy when the bomb struck.

The blast took place near the village of Safra , which lies about 30 km (20 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, two security sources told Reuters, adding that two other policemen were critically wounded

A federal police officer told the AFP news agency that “a direct attack with small arms” followed the explosion.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic State militants are active in the area.

Kirkuk, located 238 kilometers from Baghdad, was seized from Kurdish forces by Iraqi security forces in 2017.

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