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At the least 26 folks have been killed and 40 wounded in an assault by Islamic State militants within the Iraqi metropolis of Tikrit, medical sources say.

A police supply instructed the BBC that the militants started by focusing on a police patrol within the central Zuhur district, killing three officers.

They then opened fireplace at civilians within the space, the supply added.

The assault comes as authorities forces proceed an offensive to retake Mosul, the final main IS stronghold in Iraq.