Civilian killed, two wounded in southern Baghdad bomb blast

A firefighter hoses down a street after a suicide bomb attack in the city of Kerbala, Iraq June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Baghdad ( A civilian was killed, while two others were wounded in a bomb blast in south of Baghdad, a police source said on Saturday.

“A bomb, placed near stores in Suwaib region, south of Baghdad, exploded in the evening, which left a person killed and two others wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast spot and transferred the wounded to nearest hospital for treatment. The victim was taken to forensic medicine department,” the source, who preferred anonymity, 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.

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.

The total figure marked a decline from last month’s, which reached more than 500 civilians. The victims went down from 196, while the injured decreased down from 381.

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