Iraq attacks kill 17, army fights to retake town

Armoured vehicles and special police forces with heavy machineguns arrived in Sulaiman Pek to reinforce troops battling there for several days backed by helicopters gunships.

Iraq attacks kill 17, army fights to retake town

World Bulletin/News Desk

At least 17 people were killed in attacks across Iraq on Sunday as troops fought to evict militants from the northern town of Sulaiman Pek, security sources and medics said.

Armoured vehicles and special police forces with heavy machineguns arrived in Sulaiman Pek to reinforce troops battling there for several days backed by helicopters gunships.

"Clashes are continuing today in the town centre," the town's mayor, Talib Mohammed, told Reuters. "The situation is still unclear. We can't even look out of the window, as bullets and blasts are not stopping."

Militants raised the black flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) - a group also fighting in neighbouring Syria - over parts of Sulaiman Pek, 160 km (100 miles) north of Baghdad, on Thursday.

A suicide car bomber blew himself up near a police checkpoint on Sunday, killing one person in the al-Warrar area west of Anbar's provincial capital Ramadi. Police said they had thwarted another attack east of Ramadi, shooting dead a suicide bomber driving a police vehicle previously seized by militants.

Gunmen killed five people at a police checkpoint in Taza, a town 210 km north of Baghdad, a local police source said.

In the town of Shirqat, 300 km north of the capital, at least two policemen were killed when gunmen fired on their patrol, police sources said.

A car bomb killed four people in the mainly Shi'ite Chkouk district in northern Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

In other attacks, police said two mortar rounds hit a house, killing a civilian, in Jurf al-Sakhar, 60 km south of Baghdad, where the army is also fighting militants.

Gunmen using silenced weapons shot a man and his son dead near their home in central Hilla, south of Baghdad. In the town of Muqdadiya, 80 km northeast of Baghdad, gunmen killed two government-backed Sunni militiamen in drive-by shooting.

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