Nine civilians killed, 11 wounded in IED blast in Salahuddin

Salahuddin – Nine civilians were killed, while eleven others were wounded as a blast occurred in a popular market in Tuz Khurmatu region, north of Tikrit, Salahuddin province, a security source said.

“A suicide attack took place as a bomber wearing explosive belt targeted a popular market in Tuz Khurmatu, leaving nine civilians killed and eleven others injured,” the source told Sky Press on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, one army soldier was killed, while police and army personnel were injured as troops foiled an attack by Islamic State militants in Tuz Khurmatu region, east of Salahuddin province.

IS is believed to have begun escalation of attacks outside Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October

Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis, and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

The total figure of victims signalled a drop from 1115 victims in March.

Nineveh, where U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops are caught up in battles against Islamic State militants in Mosul since October, came on top of the most affected governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured). Baghdad Governorate came next with 55 killed and 179 injured. Salahuddin came third, with 15 killed and 43 injured.

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