Two policemen injured as bomb blast hits Iraq’s Kirkuk

Iraqi youth carry a victim of a terrorist attack that targeted a vehicle in Baghdad. File Photo

Baghdad ( – Two Iraqi policemen were injured Tuesday in a bomb blast in Kirkuk, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge went off while a police patrol was passing by Gheida village in Daquq district, 35 km south of Kirkuk,” the source told AlSumaria News.

The explosion left two policemen, including a lieutenant, injured, added the source.

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 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Anbar was the worst affected Governorate, with 53 civilian casualties (24 killed, 29 injured), followed by Baghdad with 8 killed and 30 injured, and Kirkuk with 10 killed and 21 injured.

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