Unidentified gunmen killed nine members of the Iraqi Federal Police in two separate attacks in Hawija district (Kirkuk province) late (local time) on Wednesday, May 15, into early Thursday, May 16. The first attack, on Wednesday evening, reportedly targeted a police vehicle in the village of Riyadh; the second attack, carried out early Thursday morning, targeted police near the town of Rashad, according to security sources.
Similar attacks are possible in Kirkuk province over the coming days and weeks.
While former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi claimed victory over the Islamic State (IS) group in December 2017, the group retains a degree of freedom of movement in parts of the country, particularly in western and northern Iraq.
Individuals in Kirkuk province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security environment in Iraq remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to all travel.
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