Civilian killed, four others wounded in southwestern Baghdad blast

Aftermath of a car bomb explosion. File photo.

Baghdad ( A civilian was killed, four others were wounded in a bomb blast in southwestern Baghdad, a security source said on Friday.

“A bomb went off in the morning near a market in al-Radwaniya region, southwest of Baghdad, leaving a civilian killed and four others wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that security troops cordoned off the blast scene. “The victim’s body was transferred to forensic medicine, while the wounded were taken to nearby hospital for treatment.”

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.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, coming in the first place with 177 civilian casualties (38 killed, 139 injured). Anbar province followed with 36 killed and 55 injured, and then Kirkuk with 18 killed and 33 injured.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

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