Public servant wounded in car bomb blast in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the scene of a deadly suicide car bomb attack in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Baghdad ( – A public servant was injured Sunday in a car bomb blast west of Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

“An explosive charge fixed into a car of an employee of the Electricity Ministry went off at al-Ghazaliya neighborhood west of Baghdad,” the source said. “The explosion left the employee injured.”

“The public servant was taken to a nearby hospital suffering from severe injuries,” the source added.

Earlier in the day, one person was injured as a roadside bomb exploded at Hawr Rajab village in southern Baghdad.

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 69 civilians, excluding police personnel, were killed, while 142 others were wounded in December due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across the country.

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahuddin ranked the second place, with 7 killed and 25 injured, then Kirkuk came third with 15 killed and 6 injured.

The figures saw a significant decline from November’s which reached a total of 117 Iraqi civilians killed and another 264 injured.

As many as 3,298 civilians were killed and 4,781 others were wounded in 2017, excluding Anbar civilian casualty figures for November and December, which are not available, the report added.

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