Police officer killed, seven injured in two IED blasts in Baghdad

A car bomb explosion. File Photo

Baghdad ( A police officer was killed and two others were wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion targeting their patrol in western Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Tuesday.

The source told Alsumaria that an IED, planted on a side of a road west of the capital Baghdad, exploded early today targeting a police patrol, leaving a police officer dead and two others wounded.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source added that a security force arrived to the explosion scene and cordoned it off. The two injured were taken to a nearby hospital and the body was taken to the forensic medicine department.

Another IED explosion hit a local fish market in northern Baghdad early Tuesday, leaving five civilians injured.

Security forces cordoned off the area of explosion, while ambulances evacuated the wounded to a nearby hospital, a source told Alsumaria.

Bombings and armed attacks are seen on almost a daily basis against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016.

More than 700 Iraqis were killed and wounded during the month of June as result of violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) which excludes security members deaths. Baghdad ranked the second place with 22 deaths and 88 injuries.

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