One person killed in western Baghdad car bomb blast

An explosion site in Baghdad

Baghdad ( – One person was killed Wednesday in a car bomb blast west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said, “A bomb exploded while a car driven by an employee at the Trade Ministry was passing by al-Jihad district in western Baghdad, leaving the driver dead.”

“A security force rushed to the blast site and opened a probe into the attack,” the source said. “The body was moved to the forensic medicine department,” he added.

On Monday, a bomb planted by Islamic State inside a house in central Rawa district in Anbar exploded once a six-strong family entered it following a long period of displacement.

“The explosion left two of the family members dead and four others injured,” according to a security source with the Anbar Operations Command.

Islamic State declared a self-styled “caliphate” in a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014. A government campaign, backed by a U.S.-led international coalition and paramilitary forces, was launched in 2016 to retake IS-held regions, managing to retake all havens, most notably the city of Mosul, the group’s previously proclaimed capital.

In December, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq’s territory.

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