Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Three Iraqi people, including a policeman, were killed and wounded Thursday in a bomb blast in Mosul, the Islamic State’s previously proclaimed capital.
Speaking to privately-owned website Basnews, Captain Amir Watheq from Nineveh police said that an explosive charge went off while a police vehicle was on its way to Badush village, northwest of Mosul, leaving two civilians dead and a policeman wounded.
“The security forces sealed off the blast site and carried the bodies to the forensic medicine department, while the wounded policeman was moved to a nearby hospital for treatment,” Watheq added.
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.
Violence left 174 Iraqis dead and wounded throughout the month of October, according to a monthly toll released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).