Peshmerga fighter killed in IED blast, north of Diyala

Peshmerga forces. File photo.

Diyala ( A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter was killed on Tuesday in an IED blast in north of Diyala province, police said.

In a statement, Ali Qadouri, head of the media office of police station in Keremian region, said a Peshmerga fighter was killed in Jamila village in Jalawla town.

The fighter was taken to hospital for treatment, however, he succumbed to death before he was taken to forensic medicine institute there.

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.

Bombings and armed attacks are seen on almost a daily basis against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Tuesday, said 518 Iraqis were killed and injured during the month of June. Nineveh province was the most affected governorate with 233 casualties, Baghdad came next then Anbar.

According to observers, the group is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

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