18 Iraqi refugees killed in bomb attack

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Baghdad, Nov 5 (IANS) At least 18 refugees were killed and four policemen wounded in a roadside bomb attack targeting a convoy carrying Iraqi families fleeing a town seized by IS militants in Iraq, a provincial security source said on Saturday.

The incident took place on Friday when two roadside bombs struck a convoy of police vehicles carrying the families who fled their homes in the IS-held town of Hawijah, Iraq to the refugee camp in Alam, the source told Xinhua news agency.

Most of those killed were women and children, the source said, adding that two police officers and two policemen were injured in the attack.

The civilians were prevented from leaving their homes by IS militants who used them as human shields during military attacks.

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