Bomb blast rocks Iraq’s Diyala, leaves two farmers wounded

Damaged vehicle due to a bomb blast in Khanaqin.

Diyala ( – Two Iraqi farmers were wounded Sunday in a bomb explosion in northeastern Diyala province, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the Arabic-language Alghad Press website, the source said that an explosive charge exploded Saturday morning in Jalawla district, northeast of Diyala, leaving two farmers wounded.

“A security force cordoned off the blast site and moved the wounded into a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source added.

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.

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.

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