Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and wounded Saturday when a bomb blast targeted their armored vehicle in Anbar province, a security source said.
Speaking to Almaalomah news website, the source said that an explosive charge went off when an armored vehicle was passing through Kabisa city in the Hīt district of Anbar province.
“The bomb blast left two soldiers dead and two others wounded,” the source said, adding that the injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Islamic State is believed to be beyond the bomb attack, said the source.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.