Bomb blast kills Iraqi civilian, wounds two others in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a car bomb in New Baghdad, January 11, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Baghdad ( – An Iraqi civilian was killed and two others were wounded Tuesday in a car bomb blast in Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge hidden inside a car went off in Al-Shu’ala district in central Baghdad, leaving a civilian dead and two others wounded,” the source told Mawazin News website.

A police force rushed to the blast site and moved the dead body to the forensic medicine department, while the wounded were transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment, according to the source.

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

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

A total of 69 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 105 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in October 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

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