Bomb blast leaves four civilians wounded, west of Baghdad

Burned cars at the site of a bombing attack that targeted a security checkpoint south of Baghdad.

Baghdad ( Four civilians were wounded in an IED blast in west of Baghdad, a security source said.

“A bomb placed near a market in al-Subaihat region, Abu Ghraib, exploded leaving four civilians, including a woman, wounded,” the source told Alghad Press on Thursday.

The source, who preferred anonymity, added that “security troops cordoned off the accident spot and transferred the wounded to nearby hospital.”

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.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

The total figure marked a decline from last month’s, which reached more than 500 civilians. The victims went down from 196, while the injured decreased down from 381.

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