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Dutch journalist injured in Iraqi city of Kirkuk

Dutch journalist injured in Iraqi city of Kirkuk

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The Dutch oorlogsverslaggever Bud Wichers on Friday evening, injured during a bombardment by a sniper in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. He was grazed by a bullet on his arm, he reported to RTL News.

“I was at work in the centre of Kirkuk. We thought it was unsafe and wanted to go back to our house. In order for the car to arrive, we had a street to cross. I ran and suddenly started as a sharpshooter to shoot.”

On the other side of the street felt Wichers that he had been touched. “I felt suddenly a burning pain in my left arm. I made a last jump, but lost my balance and fell.”

It turned out to be grazed by a bullet. Wichers’ arm was in plaster, he was bruised wrists and there is a crack in his nose. Wichers is working as a freelancer inter alia for BNR Nieuwsradio.

Security services

The attack by IS fighters Friday on the city was repulsed for the Iraqi security forces. The city in the north of the country is still in the hands of the Iraq, reports the state broadcaster.

Suicide bombers blew themselves Friday on police stations in the city and a power plant. Also the town hall and a hotel were attacked. Six police officers and sixteen citizens should have life left. Also at least eight IS fighters were killed, writes Reuters. News agency AFP speaks of the 48 killed IS-fighters.

Planned attack

The militants stormed police stations and other buildings, writes Reuters. The governor of Kirkuk, Najmaldin Karim, said in a response to the transmitter Rudaw that it is a well-planned attack.

According to Karim, there were 35 to 50 IS fighters concerned “that opsplitsten and from different sides of the city in” went. The group wanted according to Karim, the control in the city of take over by government buildings and the headquarters of the police and the political parties to occupy. Managed the IS’ers not to enter the buildings. “We knew that a similar attack could go, but only not when,” said Karim.

The attack in Kirkuk coincided with an offensive by Iraqi government forces and Kurdish militias to the occupied city of Mosul in northern Iraq to liberate.

The battle in Mosul

Iraq has 54.000 troops deployed for the retaking of Mosul.
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Also shiite and sunni militias are doing, as well as by Turkey-backed rebels.
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A olieplantage at about sixty kilometers south of Mosul is on fire.
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An Iraqi man takes a selfie for the fire.
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A farmer leads his cattle away from the fire.
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A family at a checkpoint of the Iraqi army. Many of the inhabitants are trying the violence to flee.
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According to the UN, are still around 1.5 million citizens in the city.
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To the inhabitants of Mosul are being told that they have to stay inside.
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In the first days of the offensive, the villages around Mosul retaken. So can the city be surrounded.
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By the us-led coalition supports the operation with air strikes.
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Shiite fighters in the village of Tall al-Tibah, about thirty kilometers south of Mosul.
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Smoke rises after a car bomb has gone off in Tall al-Tibah.
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One of the Kurdish fighters being treated at a wound in the Iraqi place in Kirkuk.
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A Kurdish soldier escorts a suspected member of IS at a police station in Kirkuk.
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