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Suicide attacker killed in operation in Salahuddin: Source

Iraqi forces patrol an area in Iraq during a military operation to push out Islamic State. File Photo


Samarra (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have killed a suicide attacker, in east of samarra, Salahuddin, a security source said on Tuesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News on Tuesday, “Saraya al-Salam troops, in coordination with security troops, managed to carry out wide-scale campaign to purge several regions in east of Samarra.”

“The operation left a suicide attacker killed,” 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.

Last month, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.


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