Paramilitary member, farmer wounded in IED blast in Diyala

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Baqubah ( A member of the pro-government paramilitary forces and a farmer were wounded Thursday when an explosive device went off in Diyala, a local source was quoted saying.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that a bomb planted by the side of a country road in Qurra Tabba (112 Km northeast of  Baqubah) exploded, wounding  a farmer and a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces who happened to stand nearby.

Violence and armed conflicts killed and wounded more than 500 Iraqis throughout July, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

Islamic State militants have launched occasional attacks against security forces and civilians in Diyala over the past few months, coinciding with government operations that managed to recapture the city of Mosul, Islamic State’s largest bastion in Iraq.

Done with Mosul, the government and military commanders intend to wage further offensives at other IS havens across the country, including Diyala, seeking to mark an end to the sel-proclaimed “caliphate” declared by the group back in 2014.

There have been occasional incidents where civilians and security troops were killed or wounded by remnant explosives left by IS militants at areas they had lost to Iraqi troops.

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