Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A soldier was killed, another was injured in an IED blast that targeted an army patrol in Baghdad, according to security source.
Speaking to Alghad Press on Sunday, the source said, “a bomb, placed on the side of the road in al-Halabsa region, in Tarmiyah district, exploded.”
“A soldier was killed, while another lieutenant general officer was wounded.
On Friday, several car bombings occurred in Baghdad and Basra provinces killing and injuring more than 80 persons, with security personnel included.
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.
Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis, and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
The total figure of victims signalled a drop from 1115 victims in March.
Nineveh, where U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops are caught up in battles against Islamic State militants in Mosul since October, came on top of the most affected governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured). Baghdad Governorate came next with 55 killed and 179 injured. Salahuddin came third, with 15 killed and 43 injured.