Woman killed, two wounded in Islamic State attack, southern Baqubah

Iraqi security forces. Archival photo.

Baqubah ( Three persons were killed and injured as Islamic State militants launched an attack in south of Baqubah, a security source said on Wednesday.

“Several militants attacked al-Jeel village in south of Baqubah, which left a woman killed and two other persons wounded. A vehicle and a rest house of the family were burnt,” the source told Alghad Press.

Confrontations occurred, according to the source, between the villagers and militants “for more than an hour and half.”

“The residents forced the militants to escape after chasing them in the vicinity of the village,” the source added.

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.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

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