Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Four civilians were wounded in a bomb blast that took place in south of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Sunday.
“A bomb went off near stores in al-Mahmoudiya region, south of Baghdad,” the source told Baghdad Today website.
“Only four civilians were wounded,” the source said. “Ambulance arrived at the blast spot and transferred the injured to hospital for treatment.”
In related news, another source said a civilian was killed by gunmen in east of the capital.
“Unidentified gunmen opened fire, today, against a citizen near his house in al-Qahira district, east of Baghdad,” the source said, adding that the attack left the civilian killed.
According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 69 civilians, excluding police personnel, were killed, while 142 others were wounded in December due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across the country.
The worst affected province was Baghdad with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahuddin ranked the second place, with 7 killed and 25 injured, then Kirkuk came third with 15 killed and 6 injured.
The figures saw a significant decline from November’s which reached a total of 117 Iraqi civilians killed and another 264 injured.
3298 civilians were killed and 4781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, the report added.