Anbar (Iraqinews.com) – Two Iraqi civilians were wounded Monday as a bomb exploded in Al-Qa’im city near the Syrian borders, a security source was quoted as saying.
“An explosive charge believed to be planted by Islamic State went off while a number of civilians were passing by an agricultural land in Al-Karailah district in Al-Qa’im, in western Anbar,” the source told Basnews website.
“The explosion left two civilians wounded as they were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source said.
According to the source, security forces “rushed to the blast site and started to search for any explosives at the site.”
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.
A total of 76 people were killed and 129 others were injured due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts during the month of June, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in its monthly statement on the number of casualties in Iraq.