Bomb attack wounds Iraqi civilian in Diyala

FILE PHOTO: A member of the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) walks at the site after an air strike attack against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion in Mosul, Iraq March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Diyala ( – An Iraqi civilian was wounded Saturday in a bomb explosion in Diyala province, a local source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge went off today morning on the outskirts of Khanaqin city in northeastern Diyala, leaving a civilian wounded,” the source told the Mawazin News website.

Security forces opened a probe into the incident, he said, adding that the number of those wounded in the bomb attack is expected to rise.

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.

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