Kirkuk (Iraqinews.com) – An Iraqi chieftain and one of his sons were killed in a dual bomb attack in Kirkuk governorate, a security source was quoted as saying.
Speaking to Shafaq News, the source said, “Two explosive charges placed on the side of a road in al-Maslakha village, south of Hawija, went off, leaving a chieftain and his son killed and three others injured.”
“Ambulances carried the bodies to the forensic medicine department, while the injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment,” according to the source.
Kirkuk officials previously urged reinforcing military troops in the south and west of the province, as the region still has Islamic State members who escaped during liberation of Hawija to remote areas.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence earlier in November with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.