Kurdish police have killed two Islamic State militants and freed their hostage in northern Iraq.
The incident took place near the town of Dubiz in the south of the Kirkuk province.
The Kirkuk Suburban chief of police, Sarhad Qadir, told media outlets the two Isis fighters had kidnapped the individual in question, and a taskforce from the police had been sent to recover this person.
A clash erupted between the force and the militants, resulting in the fatal shooting of one officer and the deaths of the two Isil members.
The hostage was freed safely.
As the so-called caliphate loses ground in and around Mosul, the jihadists have begun to step up their attacks across the rest of Iraq. Earlier today, it was reported that at least 30 people had died after Isis bombed an ice cream shop in central Baghdad.
However the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, has bullishly said the battle against Isis will soon be over, telling his country “the declaration of victory will be very soon thanks to the arms of the heroes."