Four people wounded in southern Baghdad bomb blast

Security men stand near a site of a car bomb blast in Baghdad

Baghdad ( – Four people were wounded Wednesday in a bomb blast in southern the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

“A bomb placed near a busy street market went off at al-Yusufiyah neighborhood in southern Baghdad,” the source told Baghdad Today news website.

“The bomb attack left four people wounded,” the source said, pointing out that a security force rushed to the blast site and carried the injured 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 3 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.

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.

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