Iraqi security forces have killed at least 31
insurgents in fighting in the north of the country, a senior police
official said on Thursday.
The gunbattle followed the insurgents' takeover of a police station in the city of Mosul, some 400 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad, added Mahdi al-Gharawi, the police chief in Mosul.
"Seventeen policemen held inside (the building) were also freed and a large number of terrorists were detained in the three-hour operation," he added.
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