Four civilians killed in IED blast, south of Fallujah

An IED explosion. File photo.

Anbar ( Four civilians were killed by a bomb from Islamic State’s war remnants in south of Fallujah, a security source from Anbar province said on Saturday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “a bomb from IS war remnants exploded targeting civilians in al-Na’imiya region, south of Fallujah.”

“The blast left four civilians killed,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous, said. “Security transferred the victims to forensic medicine department.”

Anbar’s western towns of Qaim and Rawa have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”. Iraqi troops were able to return life back to normal in the biggest cities of Anbar including Fallujah, Ramadi and others after recapturing them in 2015 and 2016.

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 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

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