House explosion kills two Iraqi explosive experts in Mosul

FILE PHOTO: A member of the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) walks at the site after an air strike attack against Islamic State triggered a massive explosion in Mosul, Iraq March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Mosul ( – Two explosive experts were killed Saturday while trying to detonate a bomb at a house in Mosul city, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said.

“A bomb placed inside a house at al Adnanya district in southeastern Mosul went off Saturday morning, leaving two explosive experts killed,” the ministry said in a press statement.

A security operation was launched to put an end to the threat of the leftover bombs in Mosul city.

Mosul has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State is expected to be behind many.

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.

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