"Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) attacks on security forces north of the Iraqi capital killed six of their members overnight, officials said Thursday (August 1st).
Three policemen and two members of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) died in an attack on a checkpoint south of the city of Tikrit, a security official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The attack sparked a three-hour gunbattle, he said.
Some 300 kilometres to the east, in the Khanaqin area, the extremist group fired mortars at a post held by the Asayish security force of Iraq's Kurdish region, a Kurdish official said.
An Asayish member was killed in an hour-long battle before the assailants fled, local commander Naucherwan Ahmed said.
Iraq formally declared victory against ISIS in late 2017, but sleeper cells have kept up hit-and-run attacks in remote areas, targeting checkpoints, public infrastructure and local officials.