3 killed, 4 wounded in western Baghdad bomb blast

Aftermath of a car explosion in Baghdad’s al-Sadr city which was claimed by Islamic State.

Baghdad ( A bomb blast killed three civilians and wounded four others in western Baghdad on Wednesday, according to security sources.

Alsumaria News quoted the sources saying that an explosive device that was planted on the side of a road in Washash, west of the capital, exploded in a gathering of workers, killing three and wounding four others.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has said that violence in the country lef 1115 casualties, excluding security members, during March. Baghdad was the second most affected province with 84 deaths and 246 injuries, according to the organization’s monthly casualty count. It excludes death toll among security members after Iraqi authorities had asked to get such information exclusively from security commands.

While several blasts are not followed by a claim of responsibility, Islamic State militants said they had been behind some bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops.

Some observers believe Islamic State has been escalating 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. They are concerned that the group could, however, shift to a guerrilla-style war and lone wolf attacks after the recapture of Mosul.

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