Five civilians wounded in southern Baghdad bomb blast

Aftermath of a car bomb explosion. File photo.

Baghdad ( Five civilians were wounded in a bomb blast, south of Baghdad, a security source said on Friday.

“A bomb exploded near a market in al-Nahrawan region, south of the capital,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

“The blast left five civilians injured,” according to the source, who asked to remain anonymous. “Ambulances transferred the wounded to hospital for treatment.”

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 total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured, excluding police, in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahaddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured.

Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting since October 2016 to retake territories Islamic State had occupied. Since then, forces took back the group’s former capital, Mosul, the town of Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija, and Anbar’s Annah, Rawa and Qaim.

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