Tribal fighter killed, 3 wounded in south Baghdad blast

An explosion in Baghdad.

Baghdad ( One tribal fighter was killed and three other comrades were injured on Tuesday when an explosive device went off south of Baghdad.

A security source told Alghad Press that an explosive device exploded at Hur Ragab, south of the capital, killing one member of al-Sahwa group and wounding three others who were inside their vehicle.

Sahwa are Sunni militias formed after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003 to combat al-Qaeda militants.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries.
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.
While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.
Some security observers believe that even after Islamic State’s main havens across Iraqi provinces are conquered, the group may still constitute a security threat through sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks. The Iraqi government is currently battling the group out of its last havens in Anbar.


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