Bomb explosion wounds two Iraqi children in Anbar

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. (AP Photo)

Anbar ( – Two Iraqi children were wounded Wednesday in a bomb blast, west of Fallujah, Anbar, a security source was quoted as saying.

“A roadside bomb exploded today in al-Nassaf district, west of Fallujah, leaving two children severely wounded,” the source told Al-Ahd News website.

The source added that security forces cordoned off the blast site and carried the wounded children into a nearby hospital for treatment.

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.

A total of 32 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 32 injured in acts of terrorism and conflict-related violence in December 2018, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Nineveh was the worst affected governorate with 26 civilian casualties (07 killed, 19 injured) followed by Baghdad (17 killed and 03 injured) and Salahuddin (03 killed and 03 injured).

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