3 killed in IED blasts east, west of Baghdad

The bombing of an explosive device in Baghdad

Baghdad ( Three people were killed and five others were wounded when two separate IED blasts hit areas in east and southwest of Baghdad, websites quoted media sources as saying.

A source at the Interior Ministry told Almada Press Sunday that two people were killed and four others were wounded when an IED ripped through a popular marketplace in Mahmoudiya, east of the capital.

Almaalomah website also quoted security sources as saying that an employee at the Iraqi trade ministry died in a bomb blast that occurred as his car passed by at al-Haswa, west of Baghdad.

Since 2014, violence surged in Iraq with the Islamic State militants taking over wide areas of the country, and the United Nations said earlier this month that 58000 people died since then. UN statistics say 3150 Iraqis were either killed or wounded in violence during October alone, with Baghdad marked as the most hit.

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