Four people killed, injured as two bomb blasts take place in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces gather at the site of a bomb attack in the city of Kerbala, Iraq June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Baghdad ( Four people were killed and injured as two bomb blasts took place in northwest and south of Baghdad, security sources said on Monday.

“Unidentified gunmen hurled a hand grenade against a house in al-Sho’ala region, northwest of Baghdad, leaving a citizen inside the house killed and another wounded,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

Moreover, two people were wounded as a bomb went off near stores at al-Wardiya region in al-Mada’in, south of Baghdad, another source said.

Some damages were caused to the stores, the source added.

“Security troops rushed to the blast spot and transferred the wounded to hospital for treatment,” he said.

Earlier on the day, one person was killed, while six others were injured as a bomb blast occurred on a busy street market at al-Tarmia area in northern Baghdad.

A total of 115 Iraqi civilians, excluding policemen, were killed and another 250 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in January 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected governorate, with 323 civilian casualties (90 killed, 233 injured). Diyala followed, with 8 killed and 15 injured; and Nineveh, with 13 killed and 7 injured.

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, UNAMI said in a report in December.

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  1. Bombs after bombs, killings after killings, this seemingly endless carnage keeps going on in this nation that has continuously witnessed deaths for some 15 years. More than half a million perished, with more injured, and many more seeking refuge in neighbor or other countries. Why should the Iraqis be still suffering and in trauma? Where and when would the promised peace and rebuilding of the war-torn nation take place? Are all humans without an iota of conscience?

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