Islamic State (Representative image) Photograph:( Others )
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for abducting and killing 10 policemen.
Pictures posted online late last night by the extremist group showed eight men in civilian clothing on their knees in an open area with militants pointing rifles at their backs. Another picture showed two men flanked by militants brandishing knives.
Two police officers said on Sunday that only nine troops from the federal police were kidnapped on Tuesday by militants disguised in government-sanctioned paramilitary forces uniforms.
They said the slain troops were on leave when the militants stopped their SUV taxi at a checkpoint on a highway between the northern Kirkuk and Salaheddin provinces.
Both spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief reporters.
Meanwhile, a French judicial official said Saturday that police searching the home of the terrorist who killed four people in a deadly rampage a day earlier in southern France found notes referring to the Islamic State jihadist group that appeared to be a final testament.
The official said there apparently was no mention in the notes of the attack plans.
Investigators also found three homemade explosive devices, a handgun, and a hunting knife inside the supermarket in the French town of Trebes, the official said, suggesting his intent to do further damage.
(With inputs frim PTI)