Civilian killed, three wounded in southern Baghdad bomb blast

Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a bomb attack in the city of Kerbala, Iraq June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Baghdad ( A civilian was killed and three others were wounded in a bomb blast south of Baghdad, a police source said on Thursday.

“A bomb placed near stores in al-Dawanem region, south Baghdad, went off leaving a civilian killed and three others wounded,” the source said.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast spot. The injured were taken to hospital, while the victim’s body was taken to forensic medicine department,” he added.

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 monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries. Dhi Qar province came in the second place with 82 killed and 93 injured. Anbar came in the third place with 20 killed and 46 injured.

The total figure of September’s casualties marked an increase from the figure in August, which reached 297 Iraqis dead and wounded.

While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

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