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Suicide attack kills 1, injures 10 in Ramadi
February 09, 2018
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RAMADI: A suicide bombing killed one person in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Thursday, the first such attack since government forces retook it from militants, police and medics said.

“A man driving a motorcycle blew himself up outside a police checkpoint,” in Ramadi, a police captain said.

A hospital source said one person was killed and 10 others were wounded.

The Daesh group captured Ramadi in May 2015 and government forces retook it in February 2016.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but most such attacks in Iraq are the work of Daesh militants.

In December, the Iraqi government announced the “end of the war” against Daesh, which has been expelled from the Baghdad region and other urban areas it had seized in a sweeping 2014 offensive.

Earlier, The United Nations launched an appeal for $17 million to rebuild essential health facilities for children in Iraq after a devastating three-year battle to expel the Daesh group.

The UN children’s fund, Unicef, said next week’s reconstruction conference for Iraq to be staged in Kuwait, with Baghdad estimating the overall cost at $100 billion, would be “a unique opportunity... to put children at the heart” of the process.

“The state of Iraq’s healthcare system is alarming,” Peter Hawkins, Unicef representative in Iraq, said in a statement after a visit to the northern city of Mosul which was recaptured last July.


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