Two paramilitary personnel wounded in bomb blast in Babil

Burned cars at the site of a bombing attack that targeted a security checkpoint south of Baghdad.

babil ( Two paramilitary personnel were wounded in a bomb blast in northern Babil, a security source said on Monday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “a bomb, placed on the side of the road, exploded targeting a patrol of al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] in Jurf al-Nasr, north of Babil.”

“The blast left two personnel seriously wounded,” the source added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

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. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

The total figure of September’s casualties marked an increase from the figure in August, which reached 297 Iraqis dead and wounded.

While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

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