Mortar missile kills child, wounds another in Basra

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

Basra ( A child was killed, another was injured due to a blast that occurred north of Basra city, an informed security source said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Shafaq News, the source said that the child was killed, while another one was wounded as mortar missile fell on al-Karma region, north of Basra.

Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis, and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

The total figure of victims signalled a drop from March’s 1115.

Nineveh, where U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops are caught up in battles against Islamic State militants in Mosul since October, came on top of the most affected governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured). Baghdad Governorate came next with 55 killed and 179 injured. Salahuddin came third, with 15 killed and 43 injured.

Violence in the country surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria.

Islamic State is believed to have begun escalation of attacks outside Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October.

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