Official: Over 25 persons killed in booby-trapped houses, west of Anbar

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Anbar ( Over twenty five persons were killed as booby-trapped houses exploded in western Anbar, an official said on Friday.

“We called on authorities in question in the federal government and Anbar to dispatch team from a specialized company to remove the landmines,” Hussein Ali, mayor of Rawa town, told Baghdad Today. “The amount of explosives planted in the town is very huge and dangerous.”

“We cannot repatriate any displaced family to preserve their lives. Thus, we demand sending a specialized team to assist the military’s engineering brigade and comb the town from the war remnants,” he added.

Ali indicated that all service authorities are completely destroyed. “In Rawa, there is only five police personnel.”

Iraqi troops retook Rawa from Islamic State members in November.

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.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

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