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Several people killed in Tikrit car bomb attack

File photo of Tikrit, 95 miles from Baghdad. Credit: Reuters

At least 18 people, including two children, have been killed after militants attacked a police checkpoint north of the Iraqi city of Tikrit and detonated a car bomb, Iraqi officials said.

It is the first attack of its kind in the city, which lies 95 miles north of Baghdad, was retaken from so-called Islamic State in April 2015.

One of the militants was killed after shooting dead four police officers, according to police.

Two other militants detonated the car bomb seven kilometres away, killing eight people and wounding 23, sources said.

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Over 1,000 RAF airstrikes carried out in Iraq and Syria

The 1,000 airstrike was carried out over western Iraq. Credit: PA

The RAF has now carried out more than one thousand combined airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced.

The 1,000th strike took place on Sunday August 28th during a Typhoon patrol over western Iraq.

In total, the RAF has flown over 3,000 missions in the fight against so-called Islamic State.

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