Booby-Traps Litter Mosul; 23 Killed in Iraq

The United Nations Mines Action Service reports that 1,700 people have been killed or injured by booby-trap explosions since last October, when clearing operations began in the greater Mosul region. More casualties are expected, as many civilian homes are rigged. The Islamic State militants left behind a large amount of booby-traps, hoping to slow down the stabilization and restoration efforts.

At least 23 were killed and 11 were wounded:

In the Hamrin Mountains, a car bomb killed two militiamen and wounded three more.

Mortars killed a civilian and wounded three more in Hamid Shaaban.

In Kirkuk, gunmen killed one person and wounded another. Both of them belonged to the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

A civilian was killed when he returned to a booby-trapped home in Sinjar.

In Baghdad, a blast wounded three civilians.

An I.E.D. in Rabeaa wounded a soldier.

Ten militants were killed in Baaj.

In Mosul, the bodies of three militants who were handcuffed and shot execution-style were found.

Three militants were killed in Saniya.

Unknown assailants killed a militant official in Hawija.

Another prominent militant was killed by a blast in Metabijh.

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Author: Margaret Griffis

Margaret Griffis is a journalist from Miami Beach, Florida and has been covering Iraqi casualties for Antiwar.com since 2006.