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IS roadside bomb kills civilians fleeing Iraq town

Iraqi displaced families step down from a truck upon their arrival in an area controlled by the Peshmerga forces, some 55 kilometres west of Iraqi city of Kirkuk, on August 21, 2016Six Iraqi civilians were killed on Monday when a bomb planted by the Islamic State group went off as they tried to flee the Hawijah area, security officials said. Thousands of people have been fleeing IS rule in Hawijah, which lies about 220 kilometres (140 miles) north of Baghdad, in recent weeks. “It happened during an attempt by families to flee areas southeast of Kirkuk and reach peshmerga positions,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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