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Daesh kills 31 in overnight raids in Iraq’s Tikrit

At least 31 people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded in attacks by the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq’s northern city of Tikrit, security forces have announced.

Around ten Daesh militants, in police uniforms and vehicles, managed to enter Tikrit overnight Tuesday, according to police colonel Khalid Mahmoud.

In one raid, they attacked a police checkpoint and the house of a police colonel, who was killed along with four members of his family. The assailants also wounded at least 40 people, including 14 police officers, security and medical sources said on Wednesday.

There were also a number of bodies belonging to civilians, killed in their shops, according to Nawfal Mustafa, a doctor at the city’s main hospital.

Among the militants, two detonated their explosive vests after being surrounded by police, and three others were killed in separate clashes.

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