Iraqis hold funeral for policemen killed in Anbar raid

Published June 2nd, 2015 - 08:02 GMT

Iraqi mourners have taken part in a funeral ceremony held in the city Najaf for dozens of police officers killed in a terrorist attack by Daesh (ISIS) militants on a police station in the western province of Anbar.

Iraqi officials joined the friends and relatives of those killed in the attack at the Tuesday funeral procession held in Najaf, located 160 kilometers south of the capital, Baghdad.

On Monday, some 45 Iraqi police officers lost their lives when three Daesh militants blew up their explosives-laden vehicles at a main police station in Anbar, some 100 kilometers northwest of Baghdad.

The blasts at the base, located in an area between the city of Samarra and the Tharthar region, also left some 60 law enforcement officers wounded.

Interior Minister Salem al-Ghabban, who was among the crowd of mourners, expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims and vowed to bring the perpetrators of the terrorist act to justice.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who visited the explosion site, also assured that the blood of police martyrs has not been spilled in vain.

Since last week, the Iraqi army, accompanied by the Popular Mobilization Forces, made up of Shia, Sunni and tribal fighters, have launched a major offensive southwest of Samarra in an effort to retake Anbar’s provincial capital Ramadi from Daesh extremists.

The military operation also aims to stop the advance of Daesh active in the Tharthar region, north of Fallujah, and prevent the militants from moving into the northwestern and northern areas of Baghdad as well as the Diyala Province.

The al-Anbar province in western Iraq is the major stronghold of the militants in the country. Daesh also controls swathes of land in northern and western parts of Iraq as well as in eastern Syria.

This story has been edited from the source material.

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