Civilian killed, five wounded in northern Baghdad bomb blast

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Baghdad ( Six persons were killed and injured as a bomb blast took place in north of Baghdad, a security source said.

“A bomb, placed near stores at al-Taji district, north of Baghdad, went off leaving a person killed and six others wounded,” the source told Baghdad Today website on Thursday.

Earlier on the day, the Baghdad Operations Command announced purging regions in north of Baghdad from suspects and war remnants.

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 total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured, excluding police, in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahaddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured.

Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting since October 2016 to retake territories Islamic State had occupied.

The war against IS has displaced nearly five million people, with tens of thousands of civilians and militants killed since the launch of the offensives to recapture occupied cities.

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