On 96th anniv. of Police Day, Iraqi cop injured in Baghdad bomb blast

Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a deadly suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Baghdad ( – While Iraqis celebrate the 96th anniversary of the Iraqi Police Day, an Iraqi cop was injured in a bomb blast in northern Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge went off while a police patrol was passing by Taji district north of the Iraqi capital, leaving a policeman injured,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Baghdad Today.

“The injured policeman was carried to hospital for treatment,” the source said.

In a related development, the same source said, “Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a vehicle at al Jihad neighborhood in western Baghdad.”

“The attack left the driver, who works for the Mayoralty of Baghdad, dead,” the source added.

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 69 civilians, excluding police personnel, were killed, while 142 others were wounded in December due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across the country.

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahuddin ranked the second place, with 7 killed and 25 injured, then Kirkuk came third with 15 killed and 6 injured.

The figures saw a significant decline from November’s which reached a total of 117 Iraqi civilians killed and another 264 injured.

Last month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi announced full liberation of Iraqi lands, declaring end of war against IS members.

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