Deputy commander killed in bomb blast in Hamreen mountains

Iraqi government forces in Hamreen Mountains in Diyala.

Diyala ( A deputy commander was killed as a bomb blast took place in Hamreen mountains, the pro-government paramilitary troops said on Thursday.

“Ahmed al-Shayyal al-Jabouri. Deputy commander, was killed in a bomb blast in Hamreen mountains,” al-Hash l-Shabbi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said in a statement.

PMFs liberated, earlier today, several villages as Iraqi troops launched operations to liberate Al-Jazeera regions located between Salahuddin, Nineveh and Anbar provinces.

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.

The total figure marked a decline from last month’s, which reached more than 500 civilians. The victims went down from 196, while the injured decreased down from 381.

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