Iraqi paramilitary fighter killed as bomb blast rocks Diyala

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Diyala ( – A member of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) was killed Monday in a bomb explosion in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source said.

“An explosive charge blew up Monday morning at a village in Miqdadiyah district, about 30 km northeast of Baquba, leaving a PMF fighter dead,” the source told the privately-owned Al-Ahd News website.

According to the source, the body was moved to the forensic medicine department.

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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