BAGHDAD (dpa) – At least four policemen and Shiite militiamen working with them were killed Monday in a blast while searching an explosives-rigged house for suspected militants in northern Iraq, a security official said.
Thirteen were wounded in the explosion in the town of Ishaqi, around 170 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad, the official told dpa on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.
The dead included the chief of the town’s police and his aide, according to the official.
No one has claimed responsibility.
Attacks targeting security forces in Iraq are widely believed to be carried out by militants.
Iraqi security forces, backed by a US-led aerial campaign, have in recent months stepped up efforts to dislodge the militant Islamic State group from the country.
The Sunni militia also controls considerable territory in neigh-bouring Syria.