Seven people killed, injured in explosion in Sadr city, east of Baghdad

People gather at the scene of the twin bomb explosions in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. (Xinhua/Khalil Dawood)

Baghdad ( Three civilians were killed, while four others were injured in an explosion in a market in Sadr city, east of the capital, the Baghdad Operations Command said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the command said it carried out more than a campaign “to confiscate unlicensed weapons in Mureidi market and other regions in Baghdad.”

The command reiterated through the statement “necessity to report about strange bodies and elements that grasp on any chance to trade in unlicensed weapons.”

A security source previously told Baghdad Today website that the “preliminary information indicates that the explosion was a criminal not a terrorist one that resulted from a bomb.”

Several bomb blasts were adopted by Islamic State over the past few years, leaving many citizens killed.

A total of 79 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 99 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July 2018, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 63 civilian casualties (30 killed, 33 injured), followed by Kirkuk (8 killed, 34 injured) and Nineveh (13 killed and 05 injured).

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