Commander survives assassination attempt, three personnel wounded in Salahuddin

People gather at the scene of the twin bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)

Salahuddin ( A commander with the pro-government paramilitary troops has survived an assassination attempt, while three of his guards were wounded in Salahuddin province.

A statement from the office of Khedr al-Matrouhi, the commander, said “a bomb, placed on the side of the road in Mutaibija region in Salahuddin, targeted the procession of the commander of 21st brigade of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), while being there for an operation.”

The explosion, according to the statement, “left three guards of al-Matrouhi wounded.”

A total of 90 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 117 others were injured due to acts of violence and terrorism during the month of August, according to the monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 77 civilian casualties (24 killed and 53 injured.) Then comes Nineveh with 39 casualties (29 killed and 10 injured). Anbar came in the third place with 32 casualties (6 killed and 26 injured).

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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