Four civilians killed and injured in two blasts in Anbar’s Hit

The explosion of a booby-trapped vehicle. File photo.

Anbar ( Four civilians were killed and injured in two separate IED blasts in Hit city, in Anbar province, Sputnik quoted Iraqi news source as saying.

According to the source, two civilians were killed, while two others were seriously wounded in two IED blasts in al-Suwaib village in Hit, western Anbar. One of the injured lost his leg in one of the blasts.

Iraqi troops liberated Hit from Islamic State militants in mid-April 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.

According to a monthly count released on Thursday by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, violence and armed conflicts left 824 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of May.

Nineveh came on top of the most affected governorates with 354 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 470 injured. Baghdad came in second place with 86 victims and 22 injured. Anbar came third with a total of 136 casualties (47 killed and 89 injured)

The total number of victims marked a rise from 317 Iraqis in April. In March, the victims reached 1115, according to UNAMI.

Islamic State is believed to have begun escalating attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October.

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