Civilian killed as car bomb explodes in western Baghdad

The explosion that hit Habibiyah area, in eastern Baghdad.

Baghdad ( A civilian died on Monday when a bomb fitted beneath his vehicle exploded in western Baghdad, according to security officials.

Alsumaria News quoted security sources saying that the bomb was fitted beneath a vehicle owned by an employee at Iraq’s industry ministry, and went off as he passed through the Tawayel neighborhood, west of the capital.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but IS militants have said they had been responsible for several bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says violence in the country left nearly 392 dead, excluding security members, and 613 injured during February. Baghdad was the second most affected province with 120 deaths and 300 injuries, according to the organization.

Observers believe Islamic State have begun to escalate attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.

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