Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A civilian was killed, seven others, including army personnel, were wounded in two blasts that north and southwest of Baghdad, security sources said.
“A bomb, placed near stores in al-Zaafaraniya region, leaving a civilian killed and four others wounded,” a source told Alghad Press on Thursday.
Another blast targeted an army patrol in northern Baghdad.
Speaking to Baghdad Today, a source said, “a bomb targeted an army patrol in al-Tarmiyah region in north of Baghdad, leaving three personnel wounded.”
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.
Security members, paramilitary groups and civilians are targeted by bombings and armed attacks since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.
More than 500 Iraqis were killed and injured during July due to violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI). Baghdad was the second most affected province with 38 killed and 85 injured.
“A total of 241 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 277 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July,” the UNAMI report said, noting that the security personnel casualties were excluded from the figures.