Two Iraqi journalists, policeman killed by ISIS militants, south of Mosul

Mosul – Two Iraqi journalists and a policeman were killed on Friday in an attack by the Islamic State militants, south of Mosul, a security source said.

In remarks to Shafaq News, the source said “correspondent of Houna Salahuddin channel, Harb Hazzaa, and photojournalist, Sou’dad al-Tikriti, were killed as IS militants attacked al-Imam village, in Qayyarah, south of Mosul.”

The attackers, including snipers, used different weapons, the source said adding that a policeman was killed, while three others were wounded.

Other sources said that Ali Akab, a photojournalist at the media service of Salahuddin province, was also injured during attacks that have been launched by the militants since Thursday.

The militants, according to the sources, are still besieging a team of journalists along with police personnel in al-Imam village.

Brigadier General Saad Maan, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said security leaders are in communication with the militants to release those besieged and that troops have been deployed near them.

On Wednesday, twenty-five tribal forces personnel were killed and injured in an attack launched by IS in the same village.

Iraqi troops had liberated Qayyarh in August.

Last month, an Iraqi and French journalists were killed, two other French journalists were wounded as an IED blast occurred in Mosul’s Old City.

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