At Least 31 Killed In Isis Attacks On Iraq’s Tikrit Overnight Tuesday
At least 31 people including 14 police officers were killed during attacks carried out by Islamic State (ISIS) militants overnight on Tuesday (April 4) in the Iraqi city of Tikrit.
Police colonel Khalid Mahmoud told Reuters on Wednesday (April 5) that around 10 ISIS militants including two suicide bombers wearing police uniforms used a police vehicle to enter the city, 175 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Officers said the ISIS militants attacked a police checkpoint and the house of a police colonel, who was killed along with four members of his family.
ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said seven suicide fighters attacked a police station and the house of the head of Tikrit Counter-Terrorism Service. The militants then blew themselves up after they ran out of ammunition.
A doctor at Tikrit’s hospital said a total of 31 bodies were taken to the hospital after the ISIS attack on the city. According to medical sources, more than 40 others were wounded in the attacks.
The militants’ attacks come after Iraqi forces backed by Coalition forces continue their operation to liberate the western side of Mosul, ISIS’ last stronghold in Iraq.