Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have announced repulsing an attack by suicide bombers targeting Shia Muslim marchers in south of Salahuddin.
A statement by the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “troops of the 43rd and sixth brigades killed on Wednesday four suicide attackers who attempted infiltration into Husseiniya ritual marches in al-Rumailat and al-Athiya regions in north of Balad town.”
Shia muslims make their way every year to Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, to mark a religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD.
In related news, Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday killing four suicide bombers who attempted attacking a police station, south of the province.
“Salahuddin police managed to kill four attackers who tried to attack al-Farhatiya police station late on Tuesday,” the ministry said in a statement.
“The attack left two conscripts wounded,” it added.
Late on Tuesday, an IED went off in Balad town, south of Salahuddin, leaving three civilians wounded, one of whom in serious condition.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.