Civilian killed, seven others wounded in blast in eastern Baghdad

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Baghdad ( A civilian was killed, while seven others were wounded in a bomb blast in east of Baghdad, a police source has said.

“The blast caused by a booby-trapped vehicle in al-Mashtal region in eastern Baghdad left one person killed and seven others wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

Earlier on the day, a civilian was killed as bomb, placed under his vehicle, exploded while passing at al-Thaaliba region, northern Baghdad, causing immediate death of the driver.

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.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

Bombings and armed attacks are seen on on almost a daily basis against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.

According to observers, IS is believed to constitute a security threat even after the group’s defeat at its main havens across Iraqi provinces.

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