Iraqi troops arrest perpetrators of explosion left 8 injuries, east of Kirkuk

The explosion of a booby-trapped vehicle. File photo.

Kirkuk ( The Iraqi forces have announced arresting the perpetrators of an explosion caused by booby-trapped vehicle in Kirkuk.

In a statement on Saturday, Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, commander of the special forces, said “a booby-trapped vehicle was blown up on Saturday evening in al-Mamdouda district, east of the province, leaving eight people injured, including children.”

The militants, according to Maan, “exploded the vehicle after they failed to move it to another place, especially after being watched for the forces.”

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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)

In December, Iraq announced gaining control on all the territories that were captured by Islamic State, since 2014.

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