Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi child was killed and two others were wounded Saturday in a bomb blast in southeastern Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.
Speaking to Alsumaria News, the source said that “a roadside bomb exploded in Jisr Diyala neighborhood of Baghdad on Saturday afternoon, leaving a child dead and two others wounded.”
“The wounded children were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment,” added 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.
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. Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has declared it had been behind many.