Army member killed, son wounded in attack south of Baghdad

Aftermath of a car explosion in Baghdad’s al-Sadr city which was claimed by Islamic State.

Baghdad ( An army member was killed while he son was wounded when gunmen opened fire at their vehicle south of Baghdad, a security source said Monday.

The source told Alsumaria News that an armed group opened fire from their machine guns at an army member and his son while driving their vehicle near their home in Hussainiyat al-Rashidiya, south of the capital. The man was killed while his son was wounded, according to the source.

Violence and armed conflicts left 297 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of ِAugust, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

Some security observers believe that even after IS’s main havens across Iraqi provinces are conquered, the group may still constitute a security threat through sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks.


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