One killed, five injured in booby-trapped car explosion in Baghdad.

An explosion in Baghdad.

Baghdad ( One person was killed, five others were wounded in a blast that took place in Baghdad, a security source has said.

“A booby-trapped car exploded near a bridge of al-Rubaie street, leaving one person killed and five others wounded,” the source told Alghad Press, adding that the number is subject to increase.

“The blast occurred near the Federal Police deployment after the car drove off the bridge which flies over al-Rubaie street on the intersection leading to Karrada district, which has a high Shia majority.

Violence and armed conflicts claimed the lives of 317 Iraqis, and caused injuries to 403 others during the month of April, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

The total figure of victims signalled a drop from 1115 victims in March.

Nineveh, where U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops are caught up in battles against Islamic State militants in Mosul since October, came on top of the most affected governorate, with 276 casualties (153 killed, 123 injured). Baghdad Governorate came next with 55 killed and 179 injured. Salahuddin came third, with 15 killed and 43 injured.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

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