Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A University professor and a soldier were killed, while another was wounded in two IED blasts in western Baghdad, police source said on Saturday.
Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “a bomb placed under a vehicle of university professor exploded on al-Jami’a district in western Baghdad, leaving the professor killed.”
In related news, another source said “an IED placed on the side of the road in Akar Kouf region in western Baghdad exploded on Saturday while an army patrol was passing, leaving a soldier killed and another injured.”
The victims were transferred to forensic medicine department, while the wounded was taken to nearby hospital, according to the sources, who preferred anonymity.
Security members, paramilitary groups and civilians are targeted by bombings and armed attacks since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.
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) said 518 Iraqis were killed and injured during the month of July. Nineveh province was the most affected governorate with 233 casualties, Baghdad came next then Anbar.