Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Several civilians and a security personnel were killed and injured in two blasts in Baghdad, a security source said on Wednesday.
“A bomb, placed on the side of the road, in al-Mada’in region, southeast of Baghdad, exploded targeting a vehicle with two personnel of the Sahwa (Awakening) troops. One of them was killed, while the other was injured,” the source said.
“Another bomb went off near stores at al-Radwaniyah region, southwest of Baghdad, leaving four civilians wounded,” the source added.
Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
A total of 117 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 264 injured, excluding police, in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in November, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate, with 201 civilian casualties (51 killed, 150 injured). Salahuddin Governorate followed, with 24 killed and 60 injured, and Kirkuk had 12 killed and 28 injured.
Iraqi forces, backed by a U.S.-led coalition and paramilitary troops, have been fighting since October 2016 to retake territories Islamic State had occupied.