Two Iraqi farmers wounded as bomb blast hits Diyala

Firemen stand near a blast site in the Iraqi capital Baghdad

Diyala ( – Two Iraqi farmers were wounded Sunday in a bomb blast in northeastern Diyala, a security source from the province was quoted saying.

“An explosive charge placed by terrorists went off inside a farm on the outskirts of al Miqdadiyah, leaving two farmers wounded,” the source told Al Ekhbariya news website.

He added that the injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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.

Violence left 174 Iraqis dead and wounded throughout the month of October, the United Nations said early Friday as the country struggles to recover from four years of Islamic State militancy.

According to a monthly toll released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), 69 Iraqis died and 105 were injured during October in actions of violence and armed conflict in Iraq.

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