2 Iraqi security members killed, 5 wounded in attacks in Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-06 22:10:40|Editor: Wu Qin
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BAGHDAD, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Two Iraqi security members were killed and five others wounded on Tuesday in two incidents in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and the eastern Diyala province, security sources said.

A roadside bomb detonated on an Iraqi army's patrol in the afternoon while patrolling a highway in al-Radwaniyah area in southwestern Baghdad, Ihsan Mohammed from Baghdad police told Xinhua.

The explosion destroyed a military vehicle, killing army officer and wounding four soldiers aboard, Mohammed said.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a paramilitary Hashd Shaabi member was killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb, apparently planted by Islamic State (IS) militants, detonated near their vehicle near the town of Khanaqin, some 160 km northeast of Baghdad, Alaa al-Saadi from Diyala's police told Xinhua.

According to al-Saadi, security forces launched a search campaign in the area looking for the attackers.

The security situation in Iraq was dramatically improved after Iraqi security forces fully defeated the extremist IS militants across the country late in 2017.

IS remnants, however, have since melted in urban areas or resorted to deserts and rugged areas as safe havens, carrying out frequent hit-and-run attacks against security forces and civilians.