Two Iraqi soldiers wounded in landmine explosion, west of Anbar

Landmine. File photo.

Anbar ( Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded in a blast caused by remnants of war against Islamic State members, west of Anbar, a security source said on Saturday.

“A landmine, from the remnants of war against Islamic State, went off as a military vehicle was passing by the Iraqi-Syrian borders in Dor al-Sikak region in Qaim town, west of Anbar. Two soldiers were wounded,” the source from Anbar Operations Command told BasNews.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added, “security troops headed to the accident spot and started combing the region fearing further blasts.”

The western regions, especially Qaim, Rawa, Rutba and the border areas near Syria, “contain many landmines and war remnants that left many civilians and security personnel killed and injured,” the source added.

On Friday, two civilians were wounded as a bomb on the road that leads to Rawa city, west of Anbar, went off. Four civilians were seriously injured, on Thursday, as a bomb from the war remnants exploded as some civilians were passing by al-Majmaa region, in central Rawa town.

A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.

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