Commander, two soldiers killed in booby-trapped house in Anbar

destroyed houses. (Representational photo)

Anbar ( A commander and two soldiers were killed in a booby-trapped house in west of Anbar, a military source from the province said on Tuesday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News on Tuesday, the source said, “a booby-trapped house, exploded today, while army troops were trying to defuse it in Rawa.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that the blast left a commander and two other soldiers were killed as a result of the explosion.

Three paramilitary personnel were killed, while five others were wounded on Sunday as a booby-trapped house in al-Qadisiya in central Rawa exploded.

Brig. Gen. Yehia Rasool, spokesperson for the Joint Operations Command, announced on Friday, achieving “great victory” in Rawa, after the War Media Cell said operations launched on the dawn of Friday for the “liberation of Rawa”.

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.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

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