Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) Iraqi troops found on Wednesday 33 bombs and arrested a number of outlaws in the capital Baghdad.
In a statement, quoted by Alghad Press, the Baghdad Operations Command said, “About 33 explosive charges left over by Islamic State militants have been found during a crackdown on al-Shortan and Albu Ubeid areas west of Baghdad,” the statement read.
“All of the bombs have been detonated on site, with no casualties reported,” the statement read, adding that the troops also arrested a number of outlaws who are wanted on different charges.
On Tuesday, six people were injured after an explosive charge went off near a café at Jisr Diyala area in southeastern Baghdad
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over 3 million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Of those figures, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahaddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured.
On Saturday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.