Civilian killed, 3 wounded in northern Baghdad bomb explosion

Aftermath of an explosion in Baghdad.

Baghdad ( A bomb explosion killed one civilian and wounded three others in a northern Baghdad district on Sunday, police sources were quoted saying.

An explosive device exploded near a grocery in Hoor al-Basha, north of Baghdad, killing one and wounding three, according to the sources.

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. It excludes death toll among security members after Iraqi authorities had asked to get such information exclusively from security commands.

While several blasts are not followed by a claim of responsibility, Islamic State militants said they had been behind some bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, leaving casualties among civilians and security troops.

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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