Anbar, IRAQ — At least ten people, including a Special Ops officer as well as civilians were killed and injured in a landmine explosion, west of Anbar, a security source from the province said on Thursday.
“A minefield exploded as a group of shepherds were carrying out their daily tasks at al-Sakra region, west of Haditha town, which left four of them killed,” the source told Iraqi News.
“Explosive experts arrived to the minefield. As they were trying to remove bodies of the victims, another bomb exploded, leaving four soldiers, including an officer, killed and two others wounded,” the source added.
Meanwhile Iraqi News reports that two civilians were wounded as a bomb exploded under the rubble of one of the houses, in central Ramadi, west Anbar, a security source from Anbar police was quoted saying on Wednesday.
Speaking to BasNews, the source said, “a bomb from the remnants of ISIS went off while a family was trying to lift the debris of their destroyed house in al-Andalus district, central Ramadi, which two people injured.”
Moreover, the source said four people were arrested, while huge amounts of weapons were seized in security operation.
“Security forces carried out a wide-scale operation in al-Karma and al-Saqlawiya regions, leaving four people involved in terrorist operations and amounts of weapons confiscated,” the source added.
Earlier RIGHT WING TRIBUNE reported that eighteen Islamic State members, including foreign leaders, were killed in a security operation, south of Mosul.
“Iraqi troops killed, today, 18 ISIS members, including two Russian nationals and a Turkish members, during an operation against Kan’ous village in Hammam al-Alil region, south of Mosul,” Brig. Gen. Mohamed al-Jabouri, official spokesperson for the Nineveh Operations Command, said.
Moreover, Jabouri said troops confiscated missiles at the rest houses of ISIS in Owainat village on borders with Syria, Iraqi News reports.
On Sunday, Maj.Gen. Saad Maan, spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said troops arrested five IS members in al-Tanak district, west of Mosul, while two others were arrested in ambushes set in Qayyarah and Hammam al-Alil regions, south of Mosul.
Iraqi cities have 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.
Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State is expected to be behind many.
Abadi announced in December full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members. However, 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.
Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting to retake territories Islamic State had occupied since 2016.
A total of 91 Iraqi civilians were killed and 208 others were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in February, according to the monthly report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 195 civilian casualties (49 killed, 146 injured). Anbar Governorate ranked second place, with 14 killed and 37 injured, and Diyala had 12 killed and 11 injured.