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Monday 18 December 2017

Iraqi policeman killed in Islamic State attack

Federal police gather before moving to the frontline near the old city during fighting against IS militants on the western side of Mosul (Felipe Dana/AP)
Federal police gather before moving to the frontline near the old city during fighting against IS militants on the western side of Mosul (Felipe Dana/AP)

Islamic State (IS) militants have attacked an Iraqi police base in a town that is being used as a staging ground for the Mosul offensive, killing at least one policeman.

Police spokesman Captain Mahmoud Attia told the Associated Press that a sleeper cell of three IS fighters attacked the base on Sunday in Hamam al-Alil, some 20 miles south of Mosul.

Local television channel Rudaw, whose reporters were inside the base, said at least two suicide attackers entered the facility before detonating their devices.

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