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Iraqi soldier wounded in car bomb blast in Diyala

Firemen stand near a blast site in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. File photo


Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi soldier was wounded Monday in a car bomb blast near a military camp in the eastern province of Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

In statements to Iraq’s Independent Press Agency, the source said that “a roadside bomb exploded early Monday near the Cobra camp in Al-Sadiyah district in northeastern Diyala, leaving a solider wounded.”

“A security force sealed off the blast site and carried the injured into a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source added.

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 90 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 117 others were injured due to acts of violence and terrorism during the month of August, according to the monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 77 civilian casualties (24 killed and 53 injured). Nineveh came second with 39 casualties (29 killed and 10 injured), while Anbar came in the third place with 32 casualties (6 killed and 26 injured).


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