Eight people killed, wounded in southwest Baghdad car bombings

Aftermath of a car bomb in Baghdad.

Baghdad ( Eight people were killed and wounded on Sunday when two booby-trapped vehicles exploded in two areas southwest of Baghdad, news reports said, quoting security sources.

The explosions hit the Abu Dsheir and the Shorta al-Rabaa (4th police precinct), the reports said. No official statement has been made yet of the final casualty toll, but one source, Alsumaria News, said three women were killed and five other persons were wounded in the Shorta al-Rabaa, while two others were killed in the Abu Dsheir region

Violence and armed conflicts left more than 500 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of July, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths.

“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.

Baghdad was the second most affected province with 38 killed and 85 injured.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

Some security observers believe that even after IS’s main havens across Iraqi provinces are conquered, the group may still constitute a security threat through sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks.


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