Six civilians killed, wounded in bomb blast, northeast of Diyala

Aftermath of a car bomb explosion. File photo.

Diyala ( Six civilians were killed and injured in a bomb blast near a school in northeast of Diyala, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

“A bomb placed near a school gate in abul Khanazeer village, caused death of two civilians and four others wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“Security troops transferred the wounded to nearby hospital for treatment, while the victims were taken to forensic medicine department,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous, added.

Earlier this month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militant group, however, observers warn that the group still poses a security threat with sleeper cells.

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 total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured, excluding police, in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahuddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured.

Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting since October 2016 to retake territories Islamic State had occupied.

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