Police conscript killed in IED blast in western Baghdad

An IED explosion. File photo.

Baghdad ( A police conscript was killed on Saturday in an IED blast in west of Baghdad, a security source said.

“An IED, placed under a civil vehicle boarded by a police conscript, exploded while as the victim was on way to al-Zidan region in ABu Ghraib, causing his immediate death,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Security troops cordoned off the blast spot, according to the source, who preferred anonymity. “Ambulance transferred the victim to forensic medicine department.”

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.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

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