Iraqi farmer wounded in bomb explosion on Diyala bridge

Explosion site in Baghdad. File photo

Diyala ( – An Iraqi farmer was wounded Monday after a bomb exploded on a bridge in Jalawla city in Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Algahd Press, the source said, “A bomb exploded today while a group of farmers were crossing a bridge in Umm al-Henta village on the outskirts of Jalawla in Diyala, leaving a farmer wounded.”

According to the source, the farmer was moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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.

A total of 76 people were killed and 129 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts during the month of June, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in its monthly statement on the number of casualties in Iraq.

Diyala was the worst affected Governorate, according to the statement, with 52 civilian casualties (16 killed, 36 injured), followed by Kirkuk (10 killed, 36 injured) and then Baghdad (19 killed and 18 injured). Anbar suffered a total of 7 civilian casualties (none killed, 7 injured).

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