Displaced Sunni people, who fled the violence in the city of Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad, April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi officials said Friday they believe that government forces killed Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the former deputy of Saddam Hussein who for over a decade was the top fugitive from the ousted regime and became an underground figure involved in Sunni insurgencies, most recently allying with ISIS militants.Reports of Douri's death came as Iraqi forces are trying to push back ISIS fighters in Salahuddin province, where Tikrit is located.Iraqi police officials said three people were killed and five were wounded in the bombing.According to the governor of Salahuddin province, Raed al-Jabouri, Douri was killed by Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen in an operation in the Talal Hamreen mountains east of Tikrit, Saddam's hometown, which was retaken from ISIS earlier this month.Troops opened fire at a convoy carrying Douri and nine bodyguards, killing all of them, Gen. Haider al-Basri, a senior Iraqi commander, told state TV. Government forces seized control of Tikrit on April 1 .
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