Two Peshmerga fighters wounded in IED explosion in western Diyala

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Diyala ( Two Peshmerga fighters were injured on Monday as an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near their patrol in western Diyala, Alsumaria News reported.

“An IED, planted on a side of an agriculture road, exploded near a security patrol in western Diyala, leaving two Peshmerga fighters wounded,” the source said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that security forces opened an inquiry into the incident.

Early today, Iraqi security forces have arrested three (IS) elements in northern Diyala, news reports mentioned.

Attacks launched by Islamic State militants against security troops, the pro-government forces and civilians surged over the past few weeks in northeast of Diyala.

IS holds pivotal regions that link between each of Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk, posing threats to the liberated regions.

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

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members’ deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

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