Seven paramilitary personnel killed, others injured in several IS attacks, west of Mosul

Seven paramilitary personnel were killed, while others were wounded in several attacks by Islamic State in west of Mosul, a source from Nineveh police said.

“Islamic State militants launched several attacks against al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Units] checkpoints in Deheila village, west of Mosul,” Captain Amir Watheq told BasNews on Saturday.

“Seven personnel were killed, while others were injured,” he added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

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.

Eastern Mosul was retaken in January after three months of battles. Another major offensive was launched in February to recapture the western side of the city.