Bomb blast leaves two army personnel wounded in Baghdad

File Photo. Explosion in Baghdad

Baghdad ( – Two army personnel were injured Tuesday as a bomb blast targeted an army patrol in Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying.

“An explosive charge targeted an army patrol at Al Tarmia area north of Baghdad, leaving two servicemen injured,” the source told Baghdad Today.

The explosion left damage to military equipment, the source added.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast scene,” the source said, adding that the ambulance transferred the injured to a nearby hospital.

On Monday, a member of the Tribal Mobilization Forces was profoundly wounded after a bomb placed under his vehicle exploded, while passing by al-Radwaniyah region, west of Baghdad.

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.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since a government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and a U.S.-led international coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.

Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and each of Annah, Rawa and Qaim in Anbar.

The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.

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