Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – An Iraqi civilian was shot dead Sunday in an armed attack in western Baghdad, a security source said.
Speaking to Almaalomah news website, the source said that unidentified gunmen riding a motorbike have opened fire at a civilian in Al-Nasr Wal Salam city in Abu Ghraib district, west of Baghdad, leaving him dead.
A security force cordoned off the scene and moved the body to the forensic medicine department, the source added.
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 total of 32 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 32 injured in acts of terrorism and conflict-related violence in December 2018, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Nineveh was the worst affected governorate with 26 civilian casualties (07 killed, 19 injured) followed by Baghdad (17 killed and 03 injured) and Salahuddin (03 killed and 03 injured).