Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) – Two Iraqi people were wounded Saturday in a bomb blast in Mosul city, once a capital of the Islamic State terrorist group’s sprawling self-proclaimed “caliphate”.
“A booby-trapped motorbike went off Saturday in al-Magmoaa area in Mosul’s eastern side, leaving two civilians wounded,” a security source told Al-Ahd News.
“The wounded civilians were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment,” added the source.
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.
IS declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.