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Two civilians killed in Baghdad, Anbar explosions

An investigation has been launched into the bombing [Getty]

Date of publication: 11 October, 2020

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A bombing in Baghdad and another in Anbar killed two people in total, Iraqi security sources said.
At least two people were killed after two separate explosions rocked Baghdad and Anbar, Iraqi security sources said.

"A mentally ill citizen died after entering a booby-trapped house which exploded in Al-Jabal neighbourhood in Rawa district of the Anbar province," Iraq's ministry of defence said in a statement.

Homes across the north and the west of the country remain deserted despite the defeat of the Islamic State militants, with Iraqis fearing a return to their homes over landmines.

Separately, one other person was killed in the capital in a car bombing.

"A sticky bomb attached to the bottom of a car by used by a lawyer exploded this evening, as he was passing through Al-Tobij area, west of Bagdhad," Baghdad Police Captain Hatem Al-Jabri said.

An investigation has been launched into the Baghdad bombing, Anadolu reported.

IS militants declared a "caliphate" in large swathes of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014, implementing their brutal interpretation of religion on millions under their rule.

The militant group controlled territory equivalent to the size of the UK until a US-backed assault by the Iraqi military, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and other groups saw the last IS outpost in eastern Syria fall last year.

US special forces in October killed the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi inside Syria, dealing a blow to the militants.

Despite this, analysts believe the militant organisation is taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak, coalition troop withdrawals and political stagnation in Baghdad to ramp up its activities.

Last week, two Iraqi policemen were killed and five others wounded in an attack by Islamic State group militants in the north of the country, a military source said.

The federal police were attacked at a security headquarters in Kirkuk, army officer, Hamdan Obeidi said, according to Arabi21.

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