Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Three farmers were killed Saturday in a bomb blast southwest of Kirkuk, a security source was quoted as saying.
“A bomb exploded today afternoon in al-Riyadh district in Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, leaving three farmers dead,” the source told Iraqi website Baghdad Today.
A security force carried the bodies into the forensic medicine department, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
In October, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraqi troops recaptured Hawija, a main town held by Islamic State in the country.
The town had fallen to IS in June 2014, when the militant group seized control of much of northern and western Iraq and proclaimed the creation of a self-styled “caliphate”.
There, Islamic State’s reign forced thousands to flee to refugee camps, while hundreds had been executed by the group for attempting to escape the area or contacting security forces.