Paramilitary personnel killed, injured in Islamic State attack, east of Salahuddin

Security forces search a car following a shooting attack in Baghdad

Salahuddin ( The pro-government paramilitary troops have foiled an Islamic State attack, in the southern Asdira village in Shirqat town, east of Salahuddin province.

In a statement on Wednesday, the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said “a suicide bomber, attacked, late on Tuesday, a checkpoint of al-hashd al-shaabi, before the fighters repulsed the attack and prevented the militants from targeting civilians.”

The attack, according to the statement, “left many PMF personnel killed and injured.”

The troops “started, after the attack, operations in search for hiding militants,” the statement added. “The situation is currently under control in the village and areas in its vicinity.”

On Tuesday, news reports quoted sources as saying that around 26 people were killed and injured in the same village in two bomb blasts, one of them targeted PMFs.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

A total of 79 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 99 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 63 civilian casualties (30 killed, 33 injured), followed by Kirkuk (8 killed, 34 injured) and Nineveh (13 killed and 05 injured).

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