Three civilians killed, seven injured in bomb blast southwest of Mosul

Bomb blast in Baghdad.

Mosul ( Three civilians were killed, while seven others were injured as an IED blast exploded in a residential district in a village, southeast of Mosul, a source said.

Speaking to Shafaq News, the source said the blast occured near a house in al-Kasr village in Nimrud town, southeast of Mosul. The casulaties, who were from one family, included women.

The displaced Iraqis have gradually began to return to their houses after Iraqi troops recaptured Mosul from Islamic State militats. However, security officials say some IS pockets are still existing there.

Earlier this month, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Iraqi forces and citizens on the victory over IS militants who had held the second largest Iraqi city since 2014. More than 25000 militants were killed throughout the campaign.

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.

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.

Bombings and armed attacks are seen on 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.

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