Roadside bomb explodes, kills two civilians in Iraq’s Diyala: Source

People gather at the scene of the twin bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)

Diyala ( Two civilians were killed in a bomb blast in Diyala, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Almaalomah website, the source said, “a bomb, placed on the side of a main road in Kanaan region in Diyala province, went off leaving two civilians injured as they were near the blast.”

Security troops, according to the source, “cordoned off the blast scene and transferred the victims to forensic medicine department.”

A total of 76 people were killed and 129 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts during the month of June, casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

On Sunday, a policeman was killed, while another was injured in a bomb blast, south of Diyala.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

In December, the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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