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Peshmerga fighter wounded, IS militant killed in two attacks in Diyala

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Diyala (IraqiNews.com) A Peshmerga fighter was wounded as a bomb blast targeted security patrol, east of Diyala province, a local source has said.

“A bomb placed on the side of an agricultural road near al-Tabaj region, northeast of Baqubah, exploded on Monday, leaving a Peshmerga fighter injured,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“Security team conducted investigations on the accident and transferred the victim to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the anonymous source added.

Several attacks were launched against the Kurdish troops over the past few months at regions the forces are deployed at in Diyala claiming lives of many of them.

On Sunday, the Kurdistan Region’s Government said number of Kurdish fighters killed since the breakout of the Iraqi war against Islamic State militants in 2014 stood at 1760.

Meanwhile, the military intelligence department said in a statement that one militant was killed as a group attacked security personnel in the province.

The statement added that the militant was injured before troops followed him and were able to kill him.

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.

According to a monthly count released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, violence and armed conflicts left 824 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of May.

Nineveh came on top of the most affected governorates with 354 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 470 injured. Baghdad came in second place with 86 victims and 22 injured. Anbar came third with a total of 136 casualties (47 killed and 89 injured)

The total number of victims marked a rise from 317 Iraqis in April. In March, the victims reached 1115, according to UNAMI.


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