Roadside bomb explosion kills two Iraqi people in Kirkuk

An explosion site in Baghdad

Kirkuk ( – Two Iraqi people were killed Wednesday in a roadside bomb attack near a bridge in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the Arabic-language Baghdad Today website, the source that a roadside bomb explosion targeted two people riding a motorbike near the March 1 Bridge in southern Kirkuk.

The explosion left the pair dead, added the source without giving further details.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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