Soldier killed, two others injured in shootout in Basra

Iraqi soldiers carry weapons during an operation against Islamic State militants in the neighbourhood of Intisar, eastern Mosul, Iraq, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Basra ( A soldier was killed, while two others were wounded in a shootout as military troops carried out a security operation, north of Basra, a security source said on Wednesday.

“Military force launched an operation in a region in al-Qurna town,” the source told AlSumaria News adding that “confrontations left a soldier killed and two others injured.

“Other troops cordoned off the region in the wake of the incidents and imposed security operations,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous, added.

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 69 civilians, excluding police personnel, were killed, while 142 others were wounded in December due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across the country.

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahuddin ranked the second place, with 7 killed and 25 injured, then Kirkuk came third with 15 killed and 6 injured.
The figures saw a significant decline from November’s which reached a total of 117 Iraqi civilians killed and another 264 injured.
3298 civilians were killed and 4781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, the report added.

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