Baghdad, IRAQ — ISIS has claimed responsibility for some major explosions that took place, north of Tikrit, which left many people dead and injured, Iraqi News reports.
The media-arm of ISIS, Amaq news agency, said 17 personnel of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) were killed, while 30 others were wounded in an ambush at Asdeira village in Shirqat town.
Also, over twenty people were killed, injured in bomb blasts that took place, north of Salahuddin, officials reported.
In a statement, Ali Dawdah, mayor of Shirqat, said, “ten people were killed, while 14 others were wounded as explosives went off while digging up tombs on Wednesday night. The bombs were planted in a grave in Asdeira village in western Shirqat, north of Salahuddin.”
It’s not quite clear why they were digging up tombs in the middle of the night but it obviously wasn’t a good idea.
Meanwhile a security source told Baghdad Today website that eight people were killed and injured as Islamic State militants attacked a village, northeast of Salahuddin, a security source said on Thursday.
“Islamic State members attacked Asdeira village, leaving four people killed and four others wounded,” he said.
Also, a mass grave containing human remains of burnt bodies has been found, north of Ramadi, Anbar Operations Command announced on Thursday.
“Troops of the army’s tenth division, affiliated to Anbar Operations Command, ran into a mass grave containing remains of unidentified burnt bodies inside a house in al-Tarabisha region, north of Ramadi,” a senior source from the command told AlSumaria News.
“The bodies have not been recognized yet; whether they are civilians or members of the Islamic State militant group,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.
Thankfully there were no explosives at the site.
Thousands of ISIS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.
A total of 104 Iraqi civilians and policemen were killed, while 177 others were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in March, according to casualty figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.
In December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against ISIS members.