Diyala (Iraqinews.com) – Seven personnel of the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were killed Sunday when a bomb hit their patrol in Diyala province.
“A bus carrying personnel of the 20th brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces was hit by a roadside bomb in eastern Diyala, leaving seven fighters killed,” Alsumaria News quoted the Shia-led paramilitary force as saying in a press statement.
“The explosion also left 26 other fighters wounded,” the statement read, adding that the terrorist attack will not affect their determination to eliminate remnants of the Islamic State militant group.
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.