Mortar missile kills woman, injures man in northern Salahuddin

Member of the Islamic State group prepares a mortar shell attack.

Salahuddin ( A woman was killed, while a man was wounded as a mortar missile was fired in north of Salahuddin, a security source said on Sunday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “a mortar missile fired by unknown people fell in the evening on the military district, in central Shirqat, north of Salahuddin. A woman was killed, while a man was wounded.

“Security troops transferred the injured to hospital and the victim to forensic medicine department,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

In late September, Iraqi troops managed to retake eastern Shirqat after Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command announced launch of first phase of operations to liberate Hawija as well as Shirqat’s eastern side. Federal Police, Rapid Response and the pro-government Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) took part in the attack, according to the command.

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. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

The total figure of September’s casualties marked an increase from the figure in August, which reached 297 Iraqis dead and wounded.

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