Four civilians wounded in two blasts eastern Baghdad

An explosion in Baghdad.

Baghdad ( Four civilians were wounded in two separate blasts eastern Baghdad, a police source was quoted saying on Monday.

“A bomb blast, placed on the side of the road behind Ibn al-Qaff hospital, in al-Baladiyat region, east of Baghdad, exploded in the evening, leaving a passer-by wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast scene and transferred the injured to nearby hospital for treatment. Interrogations were conducted,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

In related news, the same source said, “three civilians were wounded in a bomb blast that took place near Yafah school in Oar district, eastern Baghdad.”

Security members, paramilitary groups and civilians are targeted by bombings and armed attacks since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.

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 monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said 518 Iraqis were killed and injured during the month of July. Nineveh province was the most affected governorate with 233 casualties, Baghdad came next then Anbar.

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