Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Nine civilians were killed and wounded as a landmine, planted by Islamic State, exploded in Nineveh on Saturday, according to Mawazin News.
“A civilian was killed, while eight others were wounded as a landmine from the war remnants exploded in Qureitagh village, east of Mosul city in Nineveh,” a security source said.
“The injured were transferred to hospital for treatment,” the source added.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Security members, paramilitary groups and civilians are targeted by bombings and armed attacks since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.
More than 500 Iraqis were killed and injured during July due to violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
In February, the United Nations estimated cost for removing landmines and explosives from the city of Mosul by US$50 million.
Despite declaring the victory over IS in Mosul in July, observers say IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.’’