Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed and four others were wounded on Thursday when a bomb blast fit an area south of Baghdad, a police source said.
Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that the explosive device, placed near a gorcer’s shop in Youssefiya, went off, killing one person and wounding four others.
Security cordoned the area off and casualties were carried to a hospital, the source added.
Violence and armed conflicts left 297 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of ِAugust, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.
The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.
Some security observers believe that even after IS’s main havens across Iraqi provinces are conquered, the group may still constitute a security threat through sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks.