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Iraqi woman killed in mortar attack on agricultural land in Diyala

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Diyala (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi woman was killed Sunday in a mortar attack on Abu Sayda district in Diyala, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Almaalomah news website, the source said that a mortar shell fell on an agricultural land in a village in central Abu Sayda district in Diyala, leaving a woman dead.”

According to the source, the security forces carried the victim to the forensic medicine department and opened a probe into the attack.

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.

A total of 79 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 99 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 63 civilian casualties (30 killed, 33 injured), followed by Kirkuk (8 killed, 34 injured) and Nineveh (13 killed and 05 injured).

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.


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