4 killed in explosions in eastern Iraq

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-05 17:36:38|Editor: huaxia

BAGHDAD, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Three women and a policeman were killed on Thursday in two roadside bomb explosions in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, a local official said.

The blasts took place in the morning in a village near the town of Abbara in the northeast of the provincial capital Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad when a roadside bomb hit a tuk-tuk, or three-wheeled auto-rickshaw, and another struck a police vehicle, mayor of the town Shakir al-Tamimi told Xinhua.

The two attacks resulted in the killing of three women and a policeman, and the wounding of two policemen and two civilians, al-Tamimi said.

The attacks came as the extremist Islamic State (IS) militants have intensified their attacks on the security forces and civilians in the formerly IS-controlled Sunni provinces, resulting in the killing and wounding of dozens.

The security situation in Iraq has been improving since Iraqi security forces fully defeated the IS militants across the country late in 2017.

However, IS remnants have since melted in urban areas or deserts and rugged areas, carrying out frequent guerilla attacks against security forces and civilians. Enditem