One tribal fighter killed, one wounded in southern Baghdad attack

Tribal fighters. File photo.

Baghdad ( One member of Sunni tribal groups fighting the Islamic State was killed Monday and another was wounded when gunmen attacked their deployment south of Baghdad.

Ikhnews quoted a security source saying that unknown assailants opened fire  at a checkpoint run by the Tribal Mobilization in Bouitha, Dora, south of the capital, leaving one dead and another injured.

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 United Nations count.

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), Nineveh, where U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops are caught up in battles against Islamic State militants in Mosul since October, was the most affected governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured). Baghdad Governorate followed with 55 killed and 179 injured. Salahuddin came third, with 15 killed and 43 injured.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. Some observers believe Islamic State is escalating attacks across Iraqi provinces where it enjoys a presence to divert security attention from Mosul, its biggest stronghold in Iraq which it has been unsuccessfully defending against attacking government troops since October.

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