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8 civilians killed in Iraq in suspected ISIS attacks

Suspected "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) elements have killed eight people and wounded four others in two attacks in northern Iraq, security officials said Monday (September 4th).

On Monday "seven civilians were killed when jihadists fired on houses in the village of Albu Shaher", 25 kilometres west of Kirkuk, a multi-ethnic city north of Baghdad, a security services official told AFP.

A police officer was wounded in that attack, which also saw ISIS elements raid a currency exchange office and steal $20,000 before fleeing, he added.

Late on Sunday, a man was shot dead and three others were wounded outside a mosque north of Baghdad.

The attack took place in the village of Khanouka near al-Sharqat, one of the last areas retaken by government forces from ISIS last year, a police officer said.

"The man, aged 80, had just finished praying (and was leaving the mosque) when the jihadists opened fire at him," the officer said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either of the attacks.

According to the police officer, ISIS holdouts are still present in the hills of Khanouka and other mountainous and desert regions of Iraq.

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