Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Four civilians were killed Wednesday when a bomb left over by Islamic State militants exploded in Diyala, according to security sources.
The sources told Baghdad Today that the explosive device went off in al-Tabaj village, north of Jalawla, killing four members of two families who were returning to check on their homes which they had abandoned under Islamic State existence.
A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September.
Explosives planted by Islamic State militants during their occupation of several Iraqi cities have occasionally killed civilians and security personnel as Iraqi forces began to retake those regions.
Operations launched since 2016 to recapture Islamic State-held regions have, so far, managed to retake the group’s former capital, Mosul, Nineveh’s town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s town of Hawija and Anbar’s Annah. Only Anbar’s towns of Rawa and Qaim, on the borderline with Syria, remain under the militants’ control.
Iraq seeks to mark an end to Islamic State’s self-styled “caliphate” declared in June 2016 from Mosul and extending over a third of Iraq and Syria.