Iraqi family killed as unidentified gunmen storm house in Diyala

An Iraqi special forces soldier helps a family carry their child to cross from Islamic State controlled part of Mosul to Iraqi forces controlled part of Mosul, Iraq, March 4, 2017. Picture taken March 4, 2017. REUTERS

Diyala ( – Unidentified gunmen killed on Sunday an Iraqi family composed of three persons in Diyala province, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An owner of a dessert restaurant as well as his wife and daughter were killed in an armed attack launched by unidentified gunmen on their house in al-Tajneed district in eastern Jalawla, 70 km northeast of Baqubah,” the source told the Baghdad Today website.

According to the source, the attackers fled the scene into an unknown location and a probe was opened into the incident.

“The bodies of the victims were moved to the forensic medicine department,” added the source.

The security situation in Iraqi has deteriorated since the emergence of Islamic State group in the country in 2014. Even after their crushing defeat, IS militants continue to pose a security threat across the nation.

A total of 75 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 179 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September, according to casualty figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad came on top of the worst affected Governorate, with 101 civilian casualties (31 killed, 70 injured), followed by Anbar (15 killed and 37 injured) and Salahuddin (09 killed and 38 injured).

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