Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Seven pro-government paramilitary troops were killed, while ten others were wounded in a blast west of Mosul, Nineveh, a security source was quoted saying.
“A booby-trapped house in al-Qalaa region, in Tal Afar, exploded on Sunday while al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] were defusing the explosives. Seven personnel were killed, while ten others were injured, four of whom are in serious condition,” Cap. Mahdi abdul Hadi told Anadolu agency.
“The victims were transferred to the PMFs security center, while the wounded were taken to hospital,” he added.
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.
A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.
The total figure of September’s casualties marked an increase from the figure in August, which reached 297 Iraqis dead and wounded.