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Three civilians killed, injured in bomb explosion southwest of Baghdad

An explosion in Baghdad


Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) One person was killed and two others were injured on Sunday when an explosive device went off at an area southwest of Baghdad, according to police sources.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that an IED placed on the side of a road near commercial shops in Jisr Diyala exploded, leaving one dead and two others wounded.

The explosion comes a few hours after two car bombings rocked two areas also southwest of Baghdad, killing and wounding eight people.

Violence and armed conflicts left more than 500 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of July, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths.

“A total of 241 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 277 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July,” the UNAMI report said, noting that the security personnel casualties were excluded from the figures.

Baghdad was the second most affected province with 38 killed and 85 injured.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary groups and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake IS-occupied areas in 2016. While most of of the explosions attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

Some security observers believe that even after IS’s main havens across Iraqi provinces are conquered, the group may still constitute a security threat through sleeper cells and lone wolf attacks.

 


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