At least 15 Iraqi soldiers died Saturday and close to the same number were wounded in a powerful explosion near the city of Fallujah in the western province of Anbar, security officials told Efe.

The blast occurred at a home full of explosive devices near the town of Al-Karma, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Fallujah and the scene of recent clashes between the army and extremist groups.

The bombs were supposedly planted and detonated by remote control by extremists laying a trap to kill government troops when they went to search the house.

These deaths are added to another 28 people killed in attacks Saturday to the west and north of Baghdad.

In one of the bloodiest incidents, 11 suspected members of the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant lost their lives and another 18 were wounded in clashes with security forces in the town of Jalediya in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.

Elsewhere a mixed force of police and Sunni militiamen battled an unidentified group in the Al-Sufiya region, south of Ramadi, capital of Anbar, which ended with the deaths of six armed men, two militiamen and two security agents.

In a similar shootout in the same province, three suspected combatants of the Islamic State died in a bombing by a military helicopter in the village of Zubea, east of Fallujah and 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Baghdad.

Forces loyal to the Iraqi prime minister, the Shi'ite Nouri al Maliki, launched an offensive last January to finish off the terrorist groups in Anbar, a province where the Sunni majority complains of discrimination.

Iraq has suffered a resurgence of sectarian violence and terrorist attacks, which left 8,868 people dead in 2013, of whom 7,818 were civilians, according to figures released by the United Nations. EFE