Anbar (IraqiNews.com) An explosive expert was killed, while defusing booby-trapped house in western Anbar, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.
Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “an explosive expert from Jazeera Operations Command, Faisal al-Majmaa’i, was killed in al-Zawya region, in Haditha, west of Anbar.”
“The expert was killed while defusing a booby-trapped house,” the source added.
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 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 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.
While most of of the explosions and attacks in Baghdad go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.