Four civilians killed, three injured in IED blast, in village northeastern Baqubah

A bomb explosion. File photo.

Diyala ( Three children and an elder man were killed, while other civilians were injured in IED blasts, Mohamed Baqir al-Tamimi, mayor of abu Said town in Diyala province, said.

“Three children and an elder man were killed, three others were injured due to three bomb blasts near two houses at the outskirts of al-Mahwala village, 5 KM east of abu Saida,” Tamimi said adding that “security troops defused another bomb in the same area without casualties.”

Tamimi indicated conducting investigations by security services, urging the government to find solution to stop the bloodshed in the town.

Several violent attacks have been witnessed in abu Saida, located northeast of Baqubah, over the past few months leading to unstable security situations and leaving casualties.

Islamic State is believed to have been escalating attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.

According to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), 1115 civilians were killed in violence during March.

Violence surged in Iraq with the emergence of the Islamic State in 2014 to proclaim a self-styled “Islamic Caliphate”. The group’s reign took on an increased civilian toll that added to killings occurring since the U.S. invasion in 2003.

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