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Civilian killed, 3 wounded in northern Baghdad explosion

Baghdad explosion (representational photo).

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A civilian died and three others were wounded Wednesday when an explosive device went off in norther Baghdad, police sources said according to news reports.

The device exploded near a cattle market in Shatt al-Taji, north of the capital, according to the sources.

Violence surged in Iraq with the emergence of Islamic State militants who took over large areas of the country in 2014. Baghdad has been witnessing almost daily bombings targeting civilians and security personnel.

Nobody has claimed responsibility yet for the bombing, but IS militants have said they had been responsible for several bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, bringing the governorate municipal and security officials under critics’ fire.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said violence in the country left nearly 382 dead, including security members, and 908 injured during January. Baghdad was the most affected province with 128 deaths and 444 injuries, according to the organization.

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.



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