Ten security personnel, civilians killed, wounded in minefield explosion, west of Anbar

Landmine (representational photo)

Anbar ( Ten people, including an security personnel as well as civilians were killed and injured in a landmine explosion, west of Anbar, a security source from the province said on Thursday.

“A minefield exploded as a group of shepherds were carrying out their daily tasks at al-Sakra region, west of Haditha town, which left four of them killed,” the source told IkhNews website.

“Explosive experts arrived to the minefield. As they were trying to remove bodies of the victims, another bomb exploded, leaving four soldiers, including an officer, killed and two others wounded,” the source added.

A total of 91 Iraqi civilians were killed and 208 others were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in February, according to the monthly report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 195 civilian casualties (49 killed, 146 injured). Anbar Governorate ranked second place, with 14 killed and 37 injured, and Diyala had 12 killed and 11 injured.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced, in December, full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members. However, Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

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