Five civilians killed, nine wounded in bomb blast northwestern Baqubah

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Baqubah ( Five civilians were killed, while nine others were wounded in an IED blast in northwest of Baqubah, Iraqi police said.

A bomb exploded on Sunday at al-Hadid district, northwest of Baqubah, leaving five civilians killed and nine others wounded, police sources told DPA.

On Saturday, a policeman’s wife was injured in a bomb blast that hit al-Jahiza region, in west of Baqubah.

IS holds pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, posing threats to the liberated regions.

Some areas in Diyala have seen a surge over the past months in bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians, which urge Iraqi forces to prevent the militants infiltration between Salahuddin and Kirkuk provinces, especially the regions stretching along Hamreen mountains and Al-Azeem town.

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.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members’ deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

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