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Bomb attack kills 2 army officers in Iraq's Anbar

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - APRIL 15: People inspect after an explosive device placed under a vehicle exploded in the al-Habibiya area of al-Sadr city, eastern Baghdad, Iraq on April 15, 2021. One person was killed and 14 others were injured as three other vehicles damaged in the bomb blast. ( Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency )
People inspect after an explosive device placed under a vehicle exploded in the al-Habibiya area of al-Sadr city, eastern Baghdad, Iraq on April 15, 2021. One person was killed and 14 others were injured as three other vehicles damaged in the bomb blast. [Murtadha Al-Sudani - Anadolu Agency]

Two army officers were killed in a bomb attack on Saturday in Iraq's western Anbar province, according to a military officer, Anadolu Agency reported.

An explosive device exploded as a military force was conducting a routine sweep operation in Akashat town in western Anbar, the officer told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

There was no claim of responsibility, but the officer said the Daesh terror group was likely behind the attack.

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Earlier Saturday, eight security personnel were killed and 12 others injured in attacks on security checkpoints in the northern Kirkuk province. Iraqi authorities believe Daesh was behind the attacks.

In June 2014, the Daesh terrorist group captured Mosul, Salahuddin, and Anbar provinces and parts of Diyala and Kirkuk, which have been recaptured from the group in late 2017 by the Iraqi forces with support from a US-led coalition.

The Iraqi army continues to carry out frequent operations against the terror group in these parts where Daesh has recently mobilized its sleeper cells in rural areas

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