BREAKING: Bomb Blast On Tourist Bus- 4 Dead/Wounded

One person was killed and three others were wounded when a bomb blast targeted a bus carrying tourists in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge targeted a bus carrying tourists in Balad district in Salahuddin,” the source told Al-Madar news agency.

“The explosion left one person dead and three others injured,” the source added.

Meanwhile, Iraqi paramilitary fighters of al-Hashd al-Shaabi killed two members of Islamic State terrorist group in Hawija district of Kirkuk.

“A special force from al-Hashd al-Shaabi managed to kill two members of Daesh (IS group) near Hawija in Kirkuk,” Ali al-Husseini, the commander of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in the northern axis, told Almaalomah news website.

“The operation came after receiving accurate intelligence reports about the presence of IS hideouts in Hawija,” Husseini said, indicating that another IS hideaway was destroyed near Hamrin Mountains.

In October 2017, former Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Iraqi troops recaptured Hawija, a main town held by Islamic State in the country.

The town had fallen to IS in June 2014, when the militant group seized control of much of northern and western Iraq and proclaimed the creation of a self-styled “caliphate”.

There, Islamic State’s reign forced thousands to flee to refugee camps, while hundreds had been executed by the group for attempting to escape the area or contacting security forces.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Source- Iraqi News

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