Four Kurdish personnel killed in IED blast in Kirkuk

A firefighter hoses down a street after a suicide bomb attack in the city of Kerbala, Iraq June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Kirkuk ( Four Kurdish personnel were killed in an IED blast in south of Kirkuk, a security source said on Saturday.

“A bomb previously planted by Islamic State exploded while a patrol of Peshmerga troops was passing in Daquq, south of Kirkuk, leaving four personnel killed,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, “the victims were transferred to forensic medicine department.”

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.

The capital 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.

Despite the group’s defeat in its main havens across Iraqi provinces, observers believe the group may still constitute a security threat.

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