Anbar(IraqiNews.com) Two children were killed due to an bomb explosion in al-Bou’itha region, north of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, a security source said on Thursday.
“A bomb placed on the side of the road in al-Bou’itha region, north of Ramadi,” the source told Al-Ghad Press. “The blast killed two children, who were there at the spot of the blast.”
In related news, another security source told Mawazin News that “two bombs planted under electricity pylons on the road linking between Hit and al-Baghdadi districts were defused without losses.”
Anbar’s western regions still host some IS strongholds that sustain occasional bombardments by Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition fighter jets.
Violence in the country left 1115 casualties, excluding security members, during March, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
IS is believed to have begun escalating attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.
While losing Mosul could be the severest blow to the group’s existence in Iraq, some observers argue that attacks outside the province prove that the extremist group can still pose a security threat for all cities.