Three civilians killed in bomb blast in hospital, west of Anbar

The aftermath of a bomb blast in Baghdad. File Photo.

Anbar ( Three civilians were killed as a bomb went off inside a hospital in western Anbar, a paramilitary official said on Saturday.

In remarks to SNG website, Qutri al-Obeidi, a senior leader with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “a bomb from the remnants of IS that was placed inside a hospital in Rawa town, exploded leaving three civilians killed.”

“Security blocked all roads leading to the blast spot and launched a campaign to look for other explosives,” Obeidi said.

Iraqi troops managed to gain control on the town of Rawa earlier this month.

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.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

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