Diyala, IRAQ – At least 14 people were killed and injured in a bomb blast that hit a market in Diyala, according to officials.
“The emergency of Baquba educational hospital received a victim and three others wounded,” Fares al-Azzawi, head of the media department in Diyala health directorate, told Alghad Press.
The blast took place near a school in the Baquba market in Diyala, Iraqi News reported.
The scene was described as “chaotic,” according to witnesses at the scene.
ISIS has not claimed responsibility for the attack but officials believe that they carried out the deadly attack.
AFF reported that one policeman was killed and three others were wounded as a bomb attack targeted their police vehicle in western Anbar, a security source was quoted as saying.
Speaking to Basnews website on Monday, the source said, “An explosive charge targeted a police vehicle carrying policemen between Rawa and Anah districts, west of Anbar.”
“The blast left a policeman killed and three others wounded,” the source said, adding that the troops were on a mission to secure agricultural lands and villages between Rawa and Anah districts, Iraqi News reported.
He pointed out the bomb is believed to be left over by ISIS militants.
“Security forces immediately rushed to the blast site and started combing the area in search for other bombs on site,” he noted.
A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded 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.
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.
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 to fight the militant group, which declared a self-styled “caliphate” from Mosul in June 2014.
What a mess.