Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) – Five civilians were killed and wounded Sunday in a bomb attack in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin, a security official said.
“A bomb exploded while a cluster of farmers were collecting firewood in al-Fatha area, east of Beiji district in Salahuddin province,” Mawazin News quoted Spokesman for Salahuddin Police Mohamed al-Jabouri as saying.
“The explosion left three farmers dead and two others wounded,” al-Jabouri said, adding that security forces sealed off the blast site and prevented passers-by from approaching.
Al-Jabouri pointed out that the security forces carried the dead bodies into the forensic medicine department, while the wounded were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.