Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Baghdad Operations Command announced on Monday that its troops have seized 115 explosive devices that were left over by Islamic State militants in the Iraqi capital.
In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alghad Press, the command said, “The troops seized 115 explosive charges of different shapes and sizes at al-Anaz area, west of Baghdad.”
“All the bombs were detonated on site, with no casualties reported,” the statement read.
“The troops also apprehended a number of outlaws who were wanted on different charges,” the statement added.
“Iraqi security forces will continue to assume their duties on a daily basis to track down IS terrorists and purge all Iraqi territories from their war leftovers,” the statement concluded.
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 3 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.
In November, Iraq declared the collapse of Islamic State’s territorial influence with the recapture of Rawa, a city on Anbar’s western borders with Syria, which was the group’s last bastion in Iraq.