Policemen, among others, killed and injured in blast, western Mosul

A car bomb blast site. File Photo.

Mosul ( Seven persons, including policemen, were killed and injured in a blast caused by a booby-trapped vehicle in western Mosul, a police source said on Monday.

“A parked booby-trapped vehicle exploded in Bab Sinjar market, targeting security troops and civilians, leaving four civilians killed and three others, including two policemen, wounded,” Col. Hussein Emad told BasNews.

Security troops, according to Emad, “conducted investigations on the blasts and arrested several persons at the blast spot.”

Despite declaring victory over IS, the group have reportedly carried out attacks against security forces over the past few days.

Earlier this month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Iraqi forces and citizens on the victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign.

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.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

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