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One killed, 5 wounded as triple blast hits north of Baghdad

The aftermath of a bomb blast in Baghdad. File photo.

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed and five others were wounded when three explosive devices went off north of Baghdad.

A security source told Alsumaria News that the three devices exploded coincidently at Atifiya district, north of the capital.

The blasts occurred shortly after two other bombs exploded at Bakriya in the west and Youssefiya in the south, killing one and wounding seven.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the bombings yet, but Islamic State militants have said they were responsible for several bloody explosions that hit the capital in recent weeks.

Violence surged in Iraq with the emergence of Islamic State militants who took over large areas of the country in 2014. Baghdad has been witnessing almost daily bombings and armed attacks targeting civilians and security personnel.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says violence in the country had left 19000 casualties in nine months of 2016.

Observers believe Islamic State have begun to escalate attacks outside the city of Mosul, where the group has been losing ground and personnel since October, so as to relieve pressure by government forces on that front and to divert attention from group losses.

While losing Mosul could be the severest blow to the group’s existence in Iraq, some observers believe attacks outside the province prove that the extremist group can still pose a security threat.



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