Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi serviceman was killed and two others went missing following an attack by Islamic State militants in Anbar province, a security source was quoted as saying.
Speaking to Iraqi website Alghad Press, the source said that a group of Islamic State militants attacked a military vehicle in Al-Qa’im district in Anbar, leaving a serviceman.
“Two other servicemen went missing following the attack,” added the source.
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 75 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 179 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September 2018, 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).