Civilian killed in bomb blast, south of Kirkuk

Burned cars at the site of a bombing attack that targeted a security checkpoint south of Baghdad.

Kirkuk ( A civilian was killed in a blast as a bomb, planted by Islamic State, exploded in south of Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying.

“A bomb from IS remnants exploded while a civilian on board of his bike was passing at a village in Daquq, south of Kirkuk, which caused his immediate death,” the source told AlSumaria News on Tuesday.

The source, who preferred anonymity, added that the blast spot was cordoned by security, while the victim’s body was taken to forensic medicine department.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

The capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

Despite the group’s defeat in its main havens across Iraqi provinces, observers believe the group may still constitute a security threat.

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