Civilian killed, 2 wounded in blast south of Baghdad

The explosion that hit Habibiyah area, in eastern Baghdad.

Baghdad ( One civilian was killed and two others were injured on Friday when a bomb blast hit a district south of Baghdad, police sources were quoted saying.

The device was placed near a cattle market in Suwaib, south of the Iraqi capital, the sources said.

Suwaib, Baghdad (Google Maps)

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Islamic State militants have said
they had been responsible for several bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops and stoking criticisms against the province’s local officials.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says violence in the country left nearly 392 dead and 613 injured, excluding security members, during February. Baghdad was the second most affected province with 120 deaths and 300 injuries, according to the organization’s monthly casualty count.

Some observers believe Islamic State have begun to escalate attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses. They are concerned that the group could, however, shift to a guerilla-style war and lone wolf attacks after the recapture of Mosul.

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