Iraq: Kirkuk blast kills at least 9 police officers 

Security forces stand guard at the scene after 3 bomb explosions in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on November 30, 2019 [Ali Mukarrem Garip/via Getty Images]

A bomb blast near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk has killed at least 9 federal police officers and left several others injured today, according to reports citing security sources. According to Iran's Mehr news agency, the death toll has since risen to 12, including two high-ranking officers. The blast targeted a police convoy southwest of the oil-rich city, close to the village of Safra which is about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from Kirkuk. Although there have been no claims of responsibility, it has been speculated that Daesh, which has active cells in northern Iraq, carried out the attack. According to Kurdistan24, numerous improvised explosive devices were allegedly planted by terrorist cells. Following the explosion, police forces and militants exchanged fire, […] Source

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