Civilian killed in armed attack, east of Baghdad: Source

Masked men while carrying out an armed attack. File photo.

Baghdad ( A civilian was killed by gunmen in armed attack in Baghdad, a security source said on Thursday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “unidentified gunmen opened fire against a civilian near his house in al-Hubaibya region, east of Baghdad.”

The attack, according to the source, “left the civilian immediately killed.”

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

A total of 68 Iraqis were killed and another 122 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops. Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

Thousands of Islamic State militants as well as Iraqi civilians were killed since the government campaign, backed by paramilitary troops and the coalition, was launched in October 2016 to fight the militant group.

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