Four people injured as bomb blast rocks Iraqi capital

Firemen stand near a blast site in the Iraqi capital Baghdad

Baghdad ( – A car bomb attack rocked the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Sunday, leaving four civilians wounded, according to a security source.

Speaking to the privately-owned Baghdad Today website, the source said that an explosive charge hidden inside a car went off in al-Rashid district in southern Baghdad.

“The blast left four people injured,” the source said, adding that the wounded were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over five million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

A report by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said that a total of 75 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 179 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in September.

Of the overall figures, 71 ordinary civilians were killed.

Baghdad came on top of the worst affected Governorate, with 101 civilian casualties (31 killed, 70 injured), followed by Anbar (15 killed and 37 injured) and Salahuddin (09 killed and 38 injured).

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