Two senior officers killed in armed attack, northeast of Baquba

Iraqi security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack. Archival photo.

Diyala ( Two senior officers were killed in an armed attack, northeast of Baquba in Diyala, a security source was quoted saying on Wednesday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said, “two colonels from the citizenship department in Udhaim town, northeast of Baquba, were killed in an armed attack by unidentified gunmen who attacked their vehicle on Baghdad-Kirkuk road.”

Security services, according to the source, “conducted investigations and transferred the victims to forensic medicine department.”

A total of 79 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 99 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 63 civilian casualties (30 killed, 33 injured), followed by Kirkuk (8 killed, 34 injured) and Nineveh (13 killed and 05 injured).

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country. The group still has dormant cells, through which it carries out attacks, across Iraq like it used to do before 2014.

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