Civilian killed, another wounded in eastern Baghdad blast

A car bomb explosion. File Photo

Baghdad ( A civilian was killed, while another was injured in a bomb blast in east of the capital Baghdad.

“A bomb, planted inside a car, exploded in al-Mashtal region, east of Baghdad, leaving one person injured and another killed,” a security source told Baghdad Today on Tuesday.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast spot. Ambulance transferred the wounded to hospital, while the victim was taken to forensic medicine department,” the source added.

Earlier on the day, member of the Tribal Mobilization Forces was killed while two others were wounded when a roadside bomb went off while their patrol was passing through arab Jabbour area, Dora, south of the capital.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ِAugust. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

Baghdad 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 IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

Despite the group’s defeat in its main havens across Iraqi provinces, observers believe the group may still constitute a security threat.

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