Bomb explosion kills Iraqi major in Mosul city

Citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in the Iraqi capital’s eastern district of Sadr City, Iraq

Mosul ( – An Iraqi army officer was killed Sunday in a bomb explosion in Makhmour district, east of Mosul city, a security source said.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said that an explosive charge targeted an army patrol in Makhmour district, leaving a major dead.

A manhunt was launched to arrest perpetrators of the attack, the source 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.

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