Bomb attack leaves taxi driver killed in Iraq’s Diyala

Iraqi security forces inspect a site of a bomb attack in Baghdad. Khalid al Mousily/Reuters

Diyala ( – An Iraqi taxi driver was killed on Monday after a bomb exploded near popular markets in Diyala province, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge planted near busy street markets on the outskirts of al-Wajihiya district, in northeastern Diyala, went off, leaving a civilian killed,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Alghad Press.

“The slain citizen was at his friend’s shop when the bomb exploded,” the source pointed out.

“Security forces cordoned off the blast site and opened a probe into the incident,” the source said.

According to the latest casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 104 Iraqi civilians and policemen were killed and another 177 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in March.

In its monthly statement released earlier this month, the UN agency said the number of civilians killed, excluding police, was 84, while 164 others were injured.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 124 civilian casualties (33 killed, 91 injured), followed by Salahuddin with 12 killed and 26 injured, and Anbar with 11 killed and 22 injured.

Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, the Islamic State group is expected to be behind many.

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