Four Iraqi policemen killed, injured in bomb blast near Syrian borders

Security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State during sand storm in Ramadi. (AP Photo)

Anbar ( – Four Iraqi policeman were killed and injured in a bomb blast near Iraqi-Syrian borders, a security source said on Monday.

“An explosive charge planted by Islamic State on the side of a road in Al-Qa’im district near the Syrian borders went off while a police vehicle was patrolling the area, leaving a policeman killed and three others injured,” the source told Knooz Media.

“All the injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment, while the dead policeman was carried to the forensic medicine department,” according to the source.

“A security force cordoned off the blast site and prevented passers-by from approaching,” added the source.

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.

According to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April.

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