Babylon (IraqiNews.com) – Three Iraqi paramilitary fighters were wounded Wednesday when a bomb blast rocked the ancient city of Babylon, a security source was quoted as saying.
“A roadside bomb placed by unidentified men targeted a security patrol of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Jurf al-Sakhar district in northern Babylon,” the source told Baghdad Today website.
“The bomb attack left three PMF members wounded,” the source said, adding that a security force rushed to the blast site and carried the wounded into a nearby hospital for treatment.
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.