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Two killed in explosion south of Baghdad

  2021-06-20  | 
 Zhyan News Network
For illustration only, plumes of smoke rise after an explosion at a military base southwest of Baghdad, Iraq, August 12, 2019, Photo by Loay Hameed, AP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Two persons were killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) emplaced near a house in Kurish area of al-Mosafer village south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad went off on Monday (June 20), Iraq’s Security Media Cell (SMC) said. 

The victims were a parent and his son despite material damage, the SMC added, noting the Baghdad Operations Command opened an investigation to find out the circumstances surrounding the explosion.

Authorities accuse Islamic State (ISIS) militant group of planting bombs to target civilians and security forces.

Five ISIS militants were apprehended in Diyala governorate, who were wanted in accordance with Article 4 of the Iraqi counterterrorism law for affiliation with the militant group. 

On Saturday, an Iraqi officer was killed and two soldiers were wounded in a bomb blast in Daquq district south of Kirkuk.

Two people were also killed in an IED blast in Tuz Khurmatu district south of Saladin province, head of Amirli sub-district Adil Shkur told Zhyan News Network. 

Ten ISIS militants from a sleeper cell were arrested in Kirkuk governorate, as well as a hideout containing weapons, ammunition, supplies and materials was destroyed in al-Mahamda area, north of Baghdad in the same day.

ISIS militants have made Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) their signature weapon in Iraq and Syria. Made of easily acquirable components, thousands of IEDs can be quickly manufactured and deployed throughout ISIS's area of influence.

Iraq declared the fall of the self-styled caliphate of ISIS in December 2017, but the security remains fragile in the recaptured areas, except for the territories in the Kurdistan Region.

(Zhyan English)