3 civilians killed in bomb blast, armed attack, northeast of Baquba

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Diyala ( Three civilians, including a mayor of a village, were killed in a bomb blast and an armed attack, northeast of Baquba, a local source from Diyala said on Wednesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “the mayor of Zahra village in al-Waqf basin was killed in a bomb blast near his garden, while two other farmers were killed in an armed attack carried out by unidentified persons in another garden.”

Investigations on the two accidents were conducted, according to the source, who preferred anonymity.

A total of 76 people were killed and 129 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts during the month of June, casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Diyala was the worst affected Governorate, according to the report, with 52 civilian casualties (16 killed, 36 injured), then came Kirkuk (10 killed, 36 injured) then Baghdad (19 killed and 18 injured).

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Thousands of Islamic State 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, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

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