Female suicide bomber shot dead inside Baghdad school

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Dhi Qar ( – A female suicide bomber was killed early on Wednesday as she was trapped by Iraqi troops inside a Baghdad school before blowing herself up, the Baghdad Operations Command said.

In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Basnews website, the command said, “Security forces foiled a terrorist attack by a female wearing an explosive belt inside a school in al-Tarmia area, north of Baghdad.”

“The troops opened fire at the terrorist after she refused to give herself up, causing the explosive belt to explode immediately,” the statement read.

It added that the woman had spent the night at the school with an intention to go out in the wee hours of Wednesday to blow herself up at any crowded place in Baghdad but security forces foiled her plot.

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. Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has declared it had been behind many.

A total of 115 Iraqi civilians, excluding policemen, were killed and another 250 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

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