At least six police officer were killed including two senior commanders in Northern Iraq on Tuesday after Islamic State militants opened fire on them during a reconnaissance mission, according to security sources.
The attack killed Commander of the IV Police Division, General Ali al-Lemi; the operations director of that division, brigadier general Mohamed Alawi and five other members who accompanied them.
Four victims, including an officer, were taken to a nearby hospital, according to the source.
The patrol was carrying out a reconnaissance mission in preparation for launching a security operation in the area, where IS members are present, according to Kamel.
Helicopter gunships were firing at the bushes in that area where the militants are hiding, Iraqi army officials said. The defense ministry issued a statement of condolences calling the fallen generals martyrs and heroes.
The attack took place amid the arrival of forces of the United States, which leads an anti-terror international coalition, in Iraq coming from northern Syria.
The American forces withdrew from northern Syria after Turkey launched an offensive on 9 October.
Joint Operations Command, however, warned that the US forces cannot stay in Iraq.