Explosion leaves three civilians wounded in Baghdad

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Baghdad ( – Three civilians were wounded Sunday as an explosive device went off near popular markets in Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

“A bomb planted near overcrowded markets in Arab Jibor neighborhood, south of Baghdad, went off, leaving three civilians wounded,” the source told Alghad Press.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the three civilians were carried to a nearby hospital for receiving treatment.

“A security force rushed to the blast site immediately after the bombing and cordoned it off,” the source added.

Earlier in the day, a security source told Baghdad Today news website that four people were killed and injured after an explosive charge exploded near a vegetable market at al-Radwaneyya neighborhood in western Baghdad.

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 69 civilians, excluding police personnel, were killed, while 142 others were wounded in December due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across the country.

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahuddin ranked the second place, with 7 killed and 25 injured, then Kirkuk came third with 15 killed and 6 injured.

The figures saw a significant decline from November’s which reached a total of 117 Iraqi civilians killed and another 264 injured.

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, the report added.

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