Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three persons were killed and injured as an IED blast occurred in western Baghdad, a security source said on Wednesday.
“A bomb planted near stores in al-Maalef region, southwest of Baghdad, exploded leaving one person killed and two others wounded,” the source told Alghad Press.
Earlier on Wednesday, Baghdad Operations Command declared defusing four bombs and confiscating explosives.
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 signaled 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.
Islamic State is believed to have begun escalating attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October.