Anbar (IraqiNews.com) – Five Iraqi soldiers were wounded Tuesday in a bomb attack in Fallujah city, west of Anbar province, a security source was quoted as saying.
“A roadside bomb planted by Islamic State militants went off while an army patrol was passing by al-Nuaimia district in Fallujah, leaving five soldiers wounded,” the source told Almaalomah news website.
“The soldiers were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment with some of them suffering severe wounds,” added the source.
Security forces cordoned off the blast site and started to search for any other explosives at the scene, the source noted.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
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.