Five civilians wounded in southwestern Baghdad bomb blast

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Baghdad ( Five persons were wounded as a bomb went off in southwest of Baghdad, a security source said on Sunday.

“A bomb exploded in the morning near a market in al-Radwaniya region, southwest of Baghdad, leaving five persons wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News on Sunday.

“Security troops arrived at the accident spot. The wounded were taken to hospital for treatment,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

Earlier on the day, a police source said a civilian was killed in an armed attack in al-Taji district, north of the capital city.

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.

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