Bomb blast, armed attack kill, injure four persons, south of Baghdad

Photos shared across social networks show pillows of smoke following a bomb blast in central Baghdad

Baghdad ( Four civilians were killed and injured in a bomb blast and armed attack in south of Baghdad, sources said.

“A bomb, placed near an electricity generator in al-Zaafaraniya, southeast of Baghdad, exploded leaving a civilian killed and two others wounded,” the source told Baghdad Today on Monday.

In related news, a civilian was killed in armed attack in the same region.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, another source said, “unknown gunmen on a motorbike opened fire against a civilian passing at al-Zaafaraniya, leaving him immediately killed.”

“Security troops cordoned off the accident spot and transferred the victim to forensic medicine department,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

The total figure of September’s casualties marked an increase from the figure in August, which reached 297 Iraqis dead and wounded.

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