Policeman, civilian killed in 3 separate bombings in Baghdad

Baghdad explosion (representational photo).

Baghdad ( A policeman and a civilian were killed and seven other people were wounded in three separate bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, security forces said.

Alsumaria News quoted a source as saying that two explosive devices went off near a commercial area in Basmaya, southeast of Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding three others. Another bomb exploded in Uwairij in the south, wounding two.

The source, who asked not to be named, said a fourth bomb exploded on the side of a road in Tarimiya, north of the capital, targeting a police patrol, killing a policeman and wounding two others.

Violence surges 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.

No one claimed responsibility yet for the Tuesday bombing yet, but Islamic State extremists have claimed several recent attacks in the capital which killed dozens of civilians.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says violence in Iraq 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.

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