Three tribal fighters killed in bomb blast, northwest of Kirkuk

Iraqi security forces evacuate an injured soldier during heavy fighting against Islamic State group militants in Fallujah, Iraq, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Fallujah has been locked in a cycle of conflict since 2003, when it emerged as a bastion of the insurgency against the Americans. Militant attacks and bombings were followed by sweeping arrest raids, which further stoked local grievances. In 2004, U.S. troops launched two massive assaults on the city, where they fought their bloodiest battles since Vietnam. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Kirkuk ( Three tribal fighters were killed on Monday due to a bomb blast that occurred, northwest of Kirkuk, a security source from the province was quoted saying.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said “a bomb placed on the side of a road near one of the villages in Dibs town, northwest of Kirkuk, went off, today, targeting a vehicle for tribal mobilization fighters. Three personnel were killed.”

“Security forces, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “transferred the victims to forensic medicine department and conducted investigations.”

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.

Thousands of Islamic State 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.

A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.

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