Two Iraqi soldiers wounded in bomb blast, northeast of Diyala

A man looks at the site where a car packed with explosives blew up yesterday, in Hayy al-Shurta, a Shi’ite district in Baghdad, Iraq February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Ali al-Mashhadani – RTSZ32H

Diyala ( Two soldiers were injured in a bomb blast, northeast of Diyala, a security source from the province said on Thursday.

Speaking to Baghdad Today website, the source said, “explosive experts from the army found a bomb near al-Islah village, at the boundaries of Jalawla town, northeast of Baquba. While detonating it, another bomb went off, leaving two soldiers wounded.”

The army, according to the source, combed the region fearing presence of other blasts.

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.

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.

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