Two Iraqi brothers wounded in car bomb explosion in Kirkuk

Security men stand near a site of a car bomb blast in Baghdad

Kirkuk ( – Two Iraqi brothers were wounded Saturday in a car bomb explosion in Kirkuk province, a security source was quoted as saying.

“Two bothers were injured after a car bomb explosion targeted their vehicle in Dibis district, 45 km northwest of Kirkuk,” the source told Alsumaria News website.

“A security force rushed to the blast site and carried the injured to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source pointed out.

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.

Diyala was the worst affected Governorate, according to the statement, with 52 civilian casualties (16 killed, 36 injured), followed by Kirkuk (10 killed, 36 injured) and then Baghdad (19 killed and 18 injured). Anbar suffered a total of 7 civilian casualties (none killed, 7 injured).

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