Civilian, police agent killed in Baghdad blasts

A bomb blast site in Baghdad. File Photo

Baghdad ( Bomb blasts in southern Baghdad left one police agent and one civilian dead on Sunday, according to security sources quoted by news reports.

One casual police member was killed when a bomb fitted beneath his vehicle exploded as he passed through al-Resala neighborhood in Abu Gharib, south of the capital, according to security sources.

Also on southern Baghdad, a civilian was killed and four others were wounded when bomb exploded near a popular market in Suweib neighborhood.

Violence surged in Iraq with the emergence of Islamic State militants who took over large areas of the country in 2014. Baghdad has been witnessing almost daily bombings targeting civilians and security personnel.

Nobody has claimed responsibility yet for the bombings, but IS militants have said they had been responsible for several bloody explosions and attacks that hit the capital in the past months, bringing the governorate municipal and security officials under critics’ fire.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said violence in the country left nearly 382 dead, including security members, and 908 injured during January. Baghdad was the most affected province with 128 deaths and 444 injuries, according to the organization.

Observers believe Islamic State have begun to escalate attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.

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