Four people wounded in bomb attack near street markets in Baghdad

People look at a burned vehicle at the site of car bomb attack in a busy square at Baghdad’s sprawling Sadr City district. Reuters

Baghdad ( – Four people were injured Monday in a bomb attack near street markets in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press website, the source said that “a bomb exploded near busy street markets in the Ur district, north of Baghdad, leaving four people wounded, including two women.”

“The injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment, and a probe was opened into the attack,” the source added.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has declared it had been behind many.

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.

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