Three civilians killed, injured in bomb blast, south of Baghdad

The aftermath of a bomb blast. File photo.

Baghdad ( Three civilians were killed and injured in a bomb blast that took place, south of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Thursday.

“A civilian was killed, while two others were wounded as a bomb went off in Hour Rajab region in al-Doura town, south of Baghdad,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission in 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 represented a significant decline from November’s which reached a total of 117 Iraqi civilians killed and another 264 injured.

According to the organization, 3298 Iraqi civilians were killed and 4781 were wounded in violence and armed conflict in 2017.

Last month, Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

Thousands of IS militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.

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